Breaking a tooth is never a pleasant ordeal, to say the least. Of course, some breaks can be more painful than others, but even a small break can bring serious discomfort. When you have broken a tooth, the first thing you should do is come see us right away.
While you are waiting for us to see you, there are a few things you can do in order to try to alleviate some of the pain. You can use a device such as an ice pack or cold compress, and you can take simple painkillers such as aspirin to help take the edge off.
Using an Ice Pack for a Broken Tooth
Ice is a great way to help manage the pain. For one thing, it will restrict the flow of blood to the area-meaning less painful swelling. For another, the nerves will be slightly soothed by the cool temperatures, bringing you some relief. Eventually you may even be able to numb the area through the use of ice.
Keep in mind that when you are using an ice compress, you should never place ice directly against your soft tissue such as skin or gum. Doing this can actually cause an injury to that tissue, and you already have enough to deal with.
Instead of placing the ice directly against your soft tissue, wrap it in a towel and place the towel against the outside of your cheek. This will allow the cooling temperature to radiate into your mouth, but will allow you to avoid direct contact with the ice.
While you are waiting, you may find that a simple painkiller such as an aspirin or Tylenol can help. As you know, not everyone should take these medications, so if your doctor has warned you off of them, it may be best to skip them.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (602) 842-4864 today.