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Chipped, Broken Teeth or Knocked-Out Tooth

sensitive teeth popsicleDental emergencies can happen anytime, and knowing how to respond could help save your tooth and reduce discomfort. Taking immediate and appropriate action is crucial if you have a chipped, broken, or knocked-out tooth.

How to Handle a Chipped or Broken Tooth

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, there are some things you can do until you can see a dentist. First, continue to clean and brush the area gently to prevent infection. Avoid biting with the affected tooth, and stick to a soft diet to prevent further damage. If possible, save any broken pieces and bring them to your dental appointment, as they might be helpful for your treatment.

You can also consider taking over-the-counter medications like Panadol or Nurofen to relieve pain.

Treatment Options for Chipped or Broken Teeth

Your dentist might recommend different treatment options depending on how severe the chip or break is. For minor damage, a filling might suffice to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. In cases of more significant damage, a crown might be necessary to provide additional strength and protection to the tooth.

Steps to Take for a Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth requires immediate action. If it’s an adult tooth, handle it by the crown, not the root, to minimise damage. Rinse it gently if it’s dirty, but do not scrub. If possible, try to reinsert it into the socket; if not, place the tooth in a milk container to keep it moist. Contact a dentist immediately, as timely intervention is crucial for saving the tooth.

Treatment for a Knocked-Out Tooth

For a knocked-out deciduous (baby) tooth, do not attempt to replant it, as this could damage the developing permanent tooth. For an adult tooth, treatment may involve splinting, root canal treatment, systemic antibiotics and suturing any lacerations if present. In cases where the tooth cannot be saved, extraction and replacement options, like dentures, may be considered.

Protect Your Smile – Contact Us Today

If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait. Contact Champion Family Dental to get the care you need. Prompt action can save your tooth or teeth.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Your dentist is a qualified practitioner who will discuss risks and benefits with you, to help you make an informed decision about your dental treatment.


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