If you can, save any pieces of broken teeth and bring the fragments with you to your appointment. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water to help remove any remaining debris.
What Should I Do if I Have Facial Swelling or Bleeding?
Use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth or your cheek or lip to reduce any swelling and to help relieve the pain. If the injury has caused bleeding, use a clean piece of gauze or tissue and apply gentle pressure to the wound until it stops bleeding. If the bleeding continues for more than twenty minutes, please contact us or visit the emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Does it Matter if I Have a Small Chip in a Tooth?
Please don’t ignore chipped or broken teeth! Even if the damage doesn’t seem serious, any chips still need mending. Your teeth are normally protected by a tough outer layer of tooth enamel. Even a minor breach to this enamel allows bacteria to get into your tooth and a small chip to a tooth that could initially have been easily mended may potentially develop into a cavity or even serious tooth infection.
If you chip or crack a tooth, don’t delay! We can restore your smile and your dental health.