A broken or cracked tooth is an extremely painful condition, especially if the inner dental pulp is exposed where nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues of the tooth are present. This is a dental emergency where you need to consult a dentist as soon as possible.
Here are some steps that you can follow to get temporary relief from the pain while you wait for a dental appointment.  

What to do if you broke or crack your teeth?

Bite down gently on a fresh piece of gauze if your tooth has broken off. Collect the broken piece and show it to your dentist so that he can identify whether the part that fell off is filling or the tooth enamel itself.

In the case of a cracked tooth, the tooth remains in the mouth and the crack won't affect the root of the tooth. However, make sure to avoid biting down or eating with it. Avoid contact with the damaged tooth to prevent it from cracking further and to avoid any injury to the root of the tooth.

What are the things to avoid?

  • Stay away from beverages and foods that are very hot or very cold. 
  • Avoid foods and beverages that are very acidic or high in sugar 

Temporary Remedies for Toothache

Even though temporary remedies won't cure your toothache, they can give you considerable pain relief until you can schedule a dentist visit. Some of these remedies are listed below.

  • Use an OTC pain-relief medication like Advil, Motrin or Tylenol 
  • Try an OTC dental anesthetic or seal the injured tooth with a temporary filling material that is available over-the-counter.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water at least twice a day.
  • Floss between cracked or broken teeth and remove plaque and food particles.
  • Soak a small piece of cotton in the clove oil, blot it on a piece of tissue and hold it for about ten seconds on the painful tooth.
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping so that the pressure on the tooth nerve on the affected area is reduced. 

Professional Treatment

A cracked or broken tooth should be examined and treated by a professional dentist. The dentist will first evaluate the damage before deciding the course of treatment. In most cases, the patient may need a root canal for the affected tooth to permanently avoid the pain.

A Word from Campustown Dental

Don’t be fooled by the irregularity of the tooth pain associated with a cracked or broken tooth. The longer you keep the problem untreated, the more severe the complications will be. Contact our team of leading Ames dentists for an emergency dental appointment.



Campustown Dental

Campustown Dental, located in Ames, Iowa is a family dental care center committed to restoring and enhancing the healthy smile of you and your family. Our highly skilled dental team is dedicated to delivering the most comprehensive and affordable dental care accessible in the most comfortable surroundings.

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