Have a broken teeth? Ouch! Broken teeth can be really painful and you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to ensure that the break doesn’t get worse. Before you get into the details of how you can find pain relief, let’s learn a little about cracked tooth and how did it happen in the first place.
Believe it or not, although the human teeth is quite strong, they can also break when you least expect it. In most cases, it usually happen during a fall or when someone landed a powerful punch to your mouth. It could also happen when you bite something really hard or the weakening of tooth due to cavities. A tooth can crack in many different ways too. For example, cracked cus, split tooth, and craze lines tooth are all different. Depending on the severity of the break, you usually have five options: veneer, bonding, tooth implant, dental crown, or cosmetic contouring—your dentist will recommend the best option after examining the damage. In some cases, your dentist will have no choice but to remove the broken tooth. If you have broken tooth, make sure that you save the broken pieces of your tooth and bring them with you to your dentist office.
A broken tooth is no joke as it can be really painful. If you can’t afford a dentist or you’re unable to meet your dentist immediately, there are a few things you can do that will minimize the pain:
- Avoid hard foods. Since chewing will cause you tooth pain, avoid foods that are hard and require a lot of chewing. Eat soft foods or try juicing meals.
- Avoid foods and beverages in extreme temperature. Make sure you only consume foods and beverages at room temperature. If they are too hot or too cold, they will most likely cause you pain.
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages. When you have a broken tooth, consuming sugary or acidic foods is a bad idea.
- Remove foods particles that are trapped between the broken teeth. The best way to go about it is to use a floss. Give it a try, It may reduce your toothache.
- Use dental cement. This is a DIY version of the filling material that dentists use. You can easily get it at most over-the-counter stores.
- Clove oil (home remedy). You can use clove oil to reduce the pain. Sligltly soak a small piece of cotton in the oil and place it on the broken tooth for 10 seconds. Take care that you do not swallow the cotton or the oil.
- Gargle with warm salt water. Salt water are great for killing the bacteria in the infected area. For the best result, use warm water and rinse two to three times a day.
- Elevate your head while sleeping or resting. If you find it painful to sleep in your normal position, consider elevating your head. This trick works well if the pressure of the broken tooth is causing you pain.
- Use gauze to control the bleeding. If the area around the broken tooth is bleeding, place gauze on the area and apply a little pressure to bring the bleeding to a stop.
- Wear a mouth guard. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night, it is highly recommended that you get a mouth guard to prevent yourself from accidentally cracking the broken tooth further.