Teeth are damaged in many ways and the damage could be slight or extensive depending upon the condition of teeth and injury. If the damage caused to teeth is major then you have to make a visit to your dentist and in case of minor injury, you can solve it at home.
In case of major injury quickly address the pain and protect your teeth and inside of the mouth from further injury.
Break a tooth:
If there is a break in the tooth first rinse your mouth with warm water right away to clean it. Then apply pressure to the area to stop bleeding and place a cold compress at the area of swelling.
Lose a tooth:
If the tooth has popped out completely from the mouth, use a gauze pad to hold it by the crown and then try to place it back into the socket if possible.
If the tooth appears to be dirty then rinse it with clean water. Don’t clean or scrub it with any other solution and don’t clean hard otherwise bits of tissue will mix in water.
If you are not able to put the tooth back in the socket place it in the glass of water, milk, or saline solution. Try to get to the dentist as fast as possible before 30minutes.
How to protect your mouth until you see a dentist:
If your tooth got a small chip, that case applies dental wax over the edge to keep it from slicing your tongue or affecting your mouth. This procedure is not recommended if you have a large chip or section of tooth missing.
OTC temporary kits that contain dental wax are available in drugstores.
Try to avoid chewing on the side with a damaged tooth and floss around the tooth to reduce pressure.
Injuries that need treatment and that don’t need treatment:
In case of injuries, any tooth can break down that range from slight cosmetic damage to serious injuries. Deep can run down to roots or from the tooth’s center to the pulp chamber, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.
Cracks may not be visible, hiding inside the tooth or below the gums. Some of the chips or cracks may have no symptoms or symptoms that appear to be cavities, sensitivity or periodontal disease.
The deeper or wider range of cracks needs extensive treatment. A dentist can diagnose the damage with or without magnifying glass by performing a bite test or using a dental x-ray.
Cracks that might not need treatment:
Not every crack or chip needs treatment or some are quite common. Craze lines are small cracks that appear on enamel only or are common.
Cracks that need to see a dentist:
You will have to see the dentist in any case of small crack or chips because it is hard to tell the extent of damage caused to the tooth.
There are no home remedies to prevent further injuries to your teeth and mouth and the sharp edge of a cracked tooth can damage soft tissues of the mouth, causing more pain, infection, and costlier treatment.
In case of untreated damage, it could lead to a root canal, tooth loss, or other complications.