What To Do When You When You Break A Tooth In Calgary

Our last post talked about the importance of wearing a Sports Guard to protect teeth during sports and recreational activities.  Protection and prevention of damage to teeth is always the ideal, but what do you do when an accident occurs and you break a tooth?

Even though enamel is one of the hardest tissues in the body it has its breaking point,  a direct hit to the mouth with a baseball, hockey puck or any hard object can easily result in damage to a tooth (or teeth).  Breaks can range from minor cosmetic concerns to full blown dental emergencies that require immediate attention.  Knowing what to do when tooth damage occurs can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

A minor chip is not considered an emergency, but will need to be repaired by your Calgary General Dentist.  However, a tooth that is fractured, with nerve tissue exposed, is considered to be an emergency and you need to seek dental care right away.

Before your dental visit there are some steps you can take:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Take a non- Aspirin painkiller
  • Apply an ice-pack to the mouth to reduce swelling

If your tooth has been completely knocked out try to:

  • Put the tooth back in the socket (after rinsing any dirt off the tooth with warm water)
  • Bite down gently on a moist piece of gauze (or wet tea bag) to keep the tooth in place
  • If you can’t reinsert the tooth put it in a small container and cover with your saliva

Once you see your General Dentist in Calgary a course of dental treatment can be decided on.  Treatment may range from a minor repair like smoothing out the chip or placing a ‘white filling’, to needing to have a root canal if the tooth is badly fractured.  Your dentist’s goal will be to save the tooth if possible and will monitor the tooth’s healing.

Nobody wants a broken tooth, so take the necessary steps to prevent trauma to teeth by wearing a custom Sports Guard during sports or high risk activities.  To make an appointment for a custom Sports Guard call Bite Dental today 403.201.2483


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