Accidents happen. Crisis strikes without warning. Sometimes accidents happen and they lead to a cracked or a broken front teeth. Thanks to their position in front of the mouth, front teeth and more susceptible to injuries and accidents. Although teeth are remarkably strong, they can break under certain circumstances and as we have already seen, the front teeth are at a higher risk of breaking that the other teeth in the mouth. Breaking of teeth can happen in several ways. Some of the most common ways through which teeth chip or completely break include biting on something hard, bumping your mouth on a hard surface, falling down, accidents and even illnesses.
When a tooth breaks, it might not be as painful and it might take some time before you notice it. With time though, you will start experiencing increased sensitivity to cold and hot foods. Broken front tooth can affect your aesthetic appearance and generally lower the quality of life that you are leading. A lot of people with broken teeth end up not visiting dentists because they don’t know what is in store for them. What next after a broken tooth? What are some of the options available for broken front teeth? What are some of the dental medical treatments that the dentist can use to treat or replace your broken front tooth?
Visit a dentists as soon as possible
The first thing to do after breaking your tooth is to see a dentist as soon as possible. Only the dentist has the expertise and medical know how to determine whether the breakage is serious and whether the nervous system of the tooth is affected. He/she will then determine the most appropriate treatment after assessing your broken tooth. Trying to live with a broken tooth has serious ramifications and the quality of life you lead afterwards will never be the same. If the dentist’s office is a distance away, here are quick tips on what to do after breaking your teeth to prevent further damage;
Rinse your mouth with warm water
Immediately after breaking your tooth, it is advisable to quickly rinse your mouth with warm water to soothe your nerves and prevent any soft tissue from drying out. The water should not be too cold or too hot as this can be very painful.
Apply pressure with a gauze
If after breaking your tooth there is bleeding from your gums, then apply a pressure with a piece of gauze or cotton to stop the bleeding. Apply gently pressure on the bleeding area for about ten minutes until the bleeding stops before seeking medical help. Experts advise that teabags also help reduce the bleeding when used to apply the pressure.
Use a pack of ice to relieve pain
After breaking your tooth, get a cold pack of ice and apply it on the lips or over the broken tooth to prevent swelling. Cold ice will also numb any nerves affected and will therefore relieve pain momentarily as you wait to receive medical treatment from a professional.
If after trying all the above tactics there is some pain in your affected area, then opt for over the counter painkillers to kill the pain. These should however be taken just to calm the pain down and should not be the permanent solution.
The right medical treatment for a broken front tooth should be administered by a qualified dentist. Depending on the magnitude and type of fracture your teeth has, there are several viable treatment options available. Here are some of the treatment types that dentists use to treat tooth fractures and breaks;
This involves the use of a composite resin to seal the cracked area. This is a cheap means of treating broken teeth and requires very little visits to the dentists. It is however important to note that bonding is not a long lasting solution as the resin is not as strong and will be eroded with time.
A crown is suitable in situations where the breakage does not extend down to the root of the tooth or below. Crowns are made of porcelain cover the broken area of the tooth and restore its original shape. Crown are not very expensive and are very durable.
If the breakage is too huge and reaches beneath the gum line, then a dentist will be forced to remove the remnants and install a new dental implant to serve as a tooth. The implant is installed in your jawbone to replace the root of your tooth and is then covered with a crown to emulate a real tooth.
Whatever the cause of the tooth breakage, it is wise to visit the dentist as soon as possible to get the best possible dental treatment. Living with a broken tooth will affect the quality of life you are leading and expose you to a number of infections.