With all the Christmas and New Years parties going on this time of year, I am sure some teeth will get broken!
The advice is easy, you should always see your dentist as soon as you can! If you cant then there are other things you can do…
How much of your tooth has broken?
As a general rule, the less tooth is broken, the less serious the problem, and therefore less urgent!
Minor tooth chip
This is the most common, and although cosmetically they are not great, these usually don’t hurt, and the sharp edge will soon soften a little. Tell your dentist, who can assess it and either smooth it for you or build it up in a tooth colour material.
If between 1/4 and 1/2 of the tooth breaks. These are a bigger problem, and can often cause the tooth to be tender, sensitive to hot and cold.
Don’t worry too much if you have lost the tooth fragment, you may be able to control the pain with pain killers, however your dentist will need to assess the tooth to see what you can do long term to prevent pain, and restore the look of the tooth.
These are usually where more than 1/2 the tooth is broken. It may not be immediately painful, however it soon will be!
If the nerve of the tooth is badly affected, then the tooth will need to be numbed and the dentist can discuss options on how to bring everything back to normal again!
Often the most important thing is to make it look good, and get out of pain. Luckily this can be done easily in most cases, letting you disguise the damage, and give you some thinking time before treating the tooth for the long term.