In a perfect world, your teeth would last a lifetime, and you would never suffer an accident or injury that compromised your appearance or damaged your bright white smile. In the real world, those kinds of accidents and injuries happen every single day, and knowing what to do when they occur could just save your smile.
It can happen in the blink of an eye. One second you are fielding a shot for your local softball team; the next you are holding what is left of your front tooth in your hand. One minute you are opening the front door with your grocery bags in hand; the next that same door is blowing shut and chipping your front tooth in the process.
So what do you do now? How do you save your tooth, and your smile? Taking the right steps in the wake of an accident or injury can make all the difference, so here are the steps you should take when you find yourself with a broken front tooth.
First and foremost, do not panic. If the tooth has broken off and you do not know where it is, enlist your friends to help you search. If you can find the tooth, your dentist may be able to salvage it.
Once you have located the tooth, it is time to call your dentist and take care of the rest of your face. You should call your dentist right away and request an emergency visit, since time is definitely of the essence.
In the meantime, you can care for your damaged face and minimize any bruising. Start by applying a cold pack to your cheeks, lips and other parts of your face that cover the broken tooth. You do not want to do any more facial damage, and applying the cold pack can help a great deal.
The cold pack will help reduce the swelling in your face, but it will also help to relieve any pain you are feeling. If you are experiencing a great deal of pain and discomfort, you can take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever, available at any drug store or in your own medicine cabinet.
When dealing with a broken tooth, especially a broken front tooth, it is important to get to the dentist right away. But if your dentist cannot see you immediately, you can gently cover the broken part of the tooth with temporary dental cement. You can buy this dental cement at the drug store, but be sure to read the instructions carefully.
Even if you use this temporary dental cement, you should still see your dentist right away. Your dentist can assess the damage to your front tooth and determine the next steps. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, your dentist may be able to fit you with a dental implant, giving you the strength of your natural tooth and restoring your healthy smile