Fix a broken tooth with emergency dental care in Los Angeles, CA
Most adults don’t think about dental emergencies until the moment they, or a family member, have one. From searing pain to a broken tooth, when something happens, it is important to seek professional dental care immediately. Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA, knows that when an emergency happens, patients want it fixed fast. Here, Dr. Mungcal provides tips for patients who break or chip a tooth.
Prevent a broken tooth
While some dental accidents can’t be prevented, others can. Your teeth are strong, but they are not invincible. Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or packages and avoid chewing on hard items such as ice or pens. Also, be sure to wear a mouth guard when playing sports such as football or basketball.
Immediate care for a chipped or broken tooth
A chipped or broken tooth can happen in many ways. You could fall, be in an accident, receive a blow to the face, or bite down on something and suddenly notice that part of your tooth is missing. The first step to caring for a broken tooth is not to panic. It can usually be fixed quickly and effectively.
- Call the dentist. Not only will you want to get the tooth fixed for aesthetic reasons, but also, a broken tooth can lead to infection inside the tooth, which can cause further problems for the mouth.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water, and take an over-the-counter pain medication if you’re in pain.
- If the tooth is jagged or has a sharp edge, use sugarless gum or soft wax to cover it. This will prevent the broken tooth from cutting the inside of your cheek or tongue.
- Only eat soft foods and avoid chewing or biting with the broken tooth.
There are many ways a broken tooth can be restored, including dental bonding, a dental crown, or a veneer. The exact treatment will depend on your unique situation.
For more information about treating a broken tooth, call Dr. Mungcal at (213) 863-9464.