Managing a Fractured or Cracked Tooth

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A fractured or cracked tooth can be a serious cause for concern. If you have a cracked or fractured tooth you should call us immediately so we can help you determine the best course of action or schedule an appointment. If for some reason you can’t contact us right away, there are a few things you can do to help manage the situation.

In rare cases a fracture might only damage the enamel without compromising the pulp or root of the tooth. If there is no pain you can sometimes wait until the next available appointment, but you should still call us to make sure.

Try to rinse the area of your mouth with lukewarm salt water. Avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as this can cause additional pain and irritation to the exposed pulp of the tooth.

If the crack or fracture is a result of a blow to the face it might also come with swelling. You can help reduce swelling by placing a cold compress on your cheek for 15 to 20 minutes. Try not to hold the cold compress to your face for longer than 20 minutes, as it can injure the skin.

Sometimes apply a topical dental anesthetic can help mitigate the pain until you arrive at our office.

The sooner you can get to your dentist the better the chances are the tooth can be saved. If you or your child has a cracked or chipped tooth you should call us immediately at 828-264-3333 to schedule an appointment.