The last time I saw a dentist, the pain was so bad that I promised myself I would not return. Unfortunately, I was so upset that I never found another dentist. Yesterday, I fell outside while changing a bulb with a chair instead of a ladder. I don’t feel any pain, but my tooth broke. Is there a way to fix it at home with a DIY kit from the drugstore? Thank you. Isaac from MT
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Can You Fix a Broken Tooth at Home?
No, you cannot fix a broken tooth at home. Only a dentist can secure your tooth and bond it, if possible, to prevent future damage. Still, you did not explain to us which tooth broke, where it broke, and the severity of the break. Although you cannot repair your tooth, there are some things you can do at home to stabilize the situation.
What Can You Do If Your Tooth Breaks?
If your tooth breaks, you should quickly take these steps:
- Save the broken piece if you can find it, and keep it moist in gauze.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Apply pressure to minimize any bleeding.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed on the packaging, but do not take more than recommended.
- Schedule an appointment with a dentist.
How Can You Find a Gentle, Pain-Free Dentist?
You can find a gentle, pain-free dentist by asking friends or family members for recommendations. You can also search online for a pain-free dentist. Check the dentist’s Google or Yelp patient reviews. Please do not do a lengthy search because getting prompt care will help save your tooth.
What Will a Dentist Do for Your Broken Tooth?
Treatment for your tooth depends on which tooth broke and the severity of the break. Treatment may include:
- X-ray for internal damage
- Bonding on the broken piece of you have it
- Root canal treatment for internal damage
- A dental crown for severe damage
- Tooth removal and a dental implant for an unsavable tooth
Find a dentist promptly, explain that you broke your tooth, and describe the break. Get treatment right away to prevent more costly and complex treatment.
Monroe, Louisiana, dentist Dr. David Finley sponsors this post. Dr. Finley is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.