Edmonds Family Dentistry                                                                           Dr. Gary Wall

Fractured Tooth/Filling

Fractured Tooth or Filling

  • If the tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured and there is no other damage requiring hospital care, then go to the dentist within 2-3 hours. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. The dentist can smooth minor chips. The tooth may also need to be restored with a composite filling.
  • Stop any bleeding by applying direct gentle pressure to the gums. If an upper tooth, apply pressure to the gums above the tooth. If a lower tooth, apply pressure to the gums below the tooth. Do NOT press directly on the broken tooth.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Find the broken tooth fragments and bring the pieces with you, since they may be able to be "cemented" back together.
  • To avoid further aggravation from the damaged tooth, place a piece of soft wax into the area that was chipped. You can also try Dentemp or Tempanol for temporary filling material.
  • Eat only soft foods. Avoid this side of your mouth when eating. Avoid food and drink that are hot or cold, and eat only lukewarm.
  • Do not take aspirin or aspirin-substitutes that can slow clotting. Try 400-800 mg of ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or 200-400 mg of naproxen sodium (Aleve), only if you neither are allergic nor have any medications that could interact with these medications. Follow instructions of the medication and/or the doctor.
  • The more the tooth is bothering you before you go to the dentist, the more difficult it is for the dentist to treat you comfortably.
  • If the pulp is damaged, it can mean a root canal.
  • This tooth may need a full permanent crown to protect it from further breakage and tooth loss.