What to Expect if You Need a Broken Tooth Extraction
Broken teeth are never fun. In fact, they can be quite painful. While chewing nuts, ice, or hard candy can lead to a broken tooth, it can also happen when you’re eating something relatively soft like a sandwich. Often, it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. It can happen unexpectedly.
The first thing you should do is call your dentist. Our Cincinnati office keeps several appointments open just for such emergencies. In fact, we can usually see you in the next couple of days, even if we’ve never seen you before.
If the tooth broke at the gum line or cracked, it will likely need extracted.
Your dentist will do everything he or she can to save the tooth, usually fixing it with a filling, crown or other treatment. In some cases, the damage to the tooth is so severe that removing it completely is the only remedy. Loose teeth will also need to be extracted.
Your dentist will take an X-ray to determine if broken tooth extraction is necessary. This will show the tooth’s relationship to your other teeth, as well as upper teeth connection to the sinuses and lower teeth connection to the lower jaw and lip.
Does Your Tooth Hurt? Fast, Natural Pain Relief at Home
If your teeth are in pain, there are several natural remedies that can provide relief. Over the counter pain medication can be highly effective, but there are several remedies you might find in the spice section of the grocery store that can also provide relief.
Mix ginger and cayenne together into a paste. Soak it into a cotton ball. Place it on your tooth, avoiding your tongue and gums. This is a spicy concoction, so only do it for as long as you can stand it. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which works to block pain messages to the brain.
Swish with a mixture of sea salt and warm water. Mix about a teaspoon of salt with a cup of water. Swish for about 30 seconds and spit out. This will cleanse the tooth and draw out some fluid that causes the swelling. It’s also an effective antiseptic. You might consider doing this rinse normally for oral health because it can kill the bacteria that causes cavities. Don’t swish more than 3 or 4 times a week because too much can wear down your enamel.
Peppermint tea does wonders to soothe and relax you. It also can be an effective numbing agent. Black tea too can reduce swelling because of its astringent tannins.
Rinsing with 3% hydrogen peroxide can help relieve toothache and kill infection. Spit it out and rinse your mouth afterward with cold water.
All of these methods will provide immediate relief but don’t really get to the root of the problem. Call our Cincinnati dental office as soon as possible. We’ll get you in for an emergency appointment.
Don’t Eat, Drink or Smoke Close to Surgery
For the procedure, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the area. It is recommended you not eat or drink anything for six or eight hours before the procedure. Avoid smoking the day of the surgery to prevent dry socket, which can be very painful. The socket is the hole where the tooth was removed. A blood clot then forms in that socket as the body’s natural attempt to protect the bones and nerves. Sometimes this blood clot can dissolve or become dislodged, which leaves the nerve exposed. This can result in extreme pain or infection that lasts 5 to 6 days.
Call Your Dentist if you are Sick
If you are sick with a cough, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting or a cold up until a week before the surgery, call your dentist. He or she may want to postpone the treatment.
Do You Need an Emergency Dentist in Cincinnati?
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