What to Expect if You Need a Broken Tooth Extraction

A broken tooth can happen at any time. Sometimes it’s the result of biting into a hard food like hard candy or nuts. Sometimes it’s something soft like pizza crust. In many cases when you break a tooth, it can often be “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” It isn’t necessarily the food itself, but previous wear and tear that caused the broken tooth. 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.

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.