Is a Broken Molar a Dental Emergency?
Dealing with a broken tooth can really blow your day. But does it mean you have to rush to an emergency room after it? Not necessarily. In this blog post, let’s understand when it is an emergency and what you can do about a broken tooth in that situation.
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When Do Teeth Break In Pieces?
You must be wondering, teeth being sturdy, how can they end up breaking in the first place? Well, there are a few common reasons why:
- Biting on Hard Stuff: Sometimes, we do not realize and chew on things that are just too tough for our teeth to handle, which results in breakage. This includes things like hard candies, ice, or even popcorn kernels.
- Trauma to The Face: You cannot avert accidents; they happen, and a blow to the face can lead to a broken tooth. This may happen during sports, falls, or other unexpected incidents.
- Severe Decay: If you are not vigilant about your dental hygiene, tooth decay weakens teeth over time, making them more prone to breaking.
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When is it an Emergency?
So, you have chipped off your tooth. Is it time to hit the panic button? Not really. The situation does not call for emergency treatment unless you are in severe pain or experiencing significant bleeding. However, you should still reach out to your dentist to set up an appointment. It is essential to have a professional look at the damage, whether it is a little chip or a full-blown tooth break.
When you visit the dentist, with you on the chair, they will carefully examine the situation and recommend the best treatment plan. For minor chipping, they may simply smooth out the rough edges. However, for more severe breaks, they will likely use a special material to restore the tooth’s structure to make it look new.
What to Do For a Broken Molar Tooth?
So, what should you do in the heat of the moment?
- Contact Your Dentist As Soon As Possible: First things first, align your dentist and set up an appointment. Time is of the essence here, especially if part of the tooth has fallen out or if the tooth has been knocked out completely.
- Rinse and Reduce Bleeding: While you are waiting for your dental appointment, rinse your mouth with a warm salted water solution. Gently put pressure on the injured area to help reduce or stop any bleeding. If there is still swelling, use an ice pack over it, but avoid using aspirin for pain relief, as it can make bleeding worse.
- Saving a Knocked-Out Tooth: Try to find it and give it a gentle rinse if your tooth has been completely knocked out. But make sure not to touch the roots. Keep it moist; use milk or saltwater until you see the dentist.