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How to Save a Damaged Tooth

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A damaged tooth can be a painful and frustrating experience. Whether from a traumatic injury or decay, a damaged tooth can lead to tooth pain, difficulty eating, and even further damage if left untreated. This blog will discuss tips and techniques to save a damaged tooth and relieve tooth pain.

  1.  Assess the Damage

The first step in saving a damaged tooth is to assess the extent of the damage. If the tooth is chipped or cracked, but the nerve is still intact, you may be able to save the tooth with a dental crown or filling. However, if the damage is severe and the nerve is exposed, you may need a root canal or extraction.

  1.  Clean the Area

If the tooth is damaged, cleaning the area is important to prevent infection. Gently brush the affected area with a soft toothbrush and rinse your mouth using warm water. Avoid harsh chemicals or toothpaste, as this can further irritate the area.

  1.  Reduce Swelling

Tooth pain often comes with swelling, making it difficult to eat and speak. Place a cold compress on the damaged area for approximately 10-15 minutes to alleviate swelling.

  1.  Manage Pain

Tooth pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It is advisable to refrain from using aspirin as it can lead to blood thinning and subsequent bleeding. If the pain is severe, your dentist may prescribe stronger pain medication.

  1.  Protect the Tooth

If the tooth is chipped or cracked, your dentist may recommend a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and prevent further damage. If the nerve is exposed, a root canal may be necessary to remove the damaged nerve and save the tooth.

  1.  Follow Up with Your Dentist

After saving a damaged tooth, following up with your dentist regularly to monitor the tooth's health and ensure its healing is important. Your dentist may recommend additional treatments or procedures to maintain the tooth's health and prevent future damage.

To Sum Up

A damaged tooth can be a painful and frustrating experience, but it can be saved with proper care and attention. Assess the damage, clean the area, reduce swelling, manage pain, protect the tooth, and follow up with your dentist. These tips and techniques can relieve tooth pain and save a damaged tooth.

Posted on Jun 12, 2023
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