I chipped a tooth. What I do? Have I lost it? Will I never recover it again? In this post we are going to answer all the questions and explain how to deal with dental trauma, a situation that, most likely, sooner or later we will have to live closely. Today we will delve deeper into the subject.
When the Tooth Fractures and You Don’t Know It.
We often associate breaking a tooth with the complete displacement of the piece, but it does not always have to be that way. Sometimes we can suffer a blow and fracture the tooth without realizing it, so it is very important to go immediately to the dentist whenever there is a strong impact on the teeth. The golden rule is that the sooner we go to the dentist, the better, since more possibilities will have to recover the tooth.
Fractured tooth: first steps to follow
When we talk about a dental fracture, it is normal to talk about a partial break, an avulsion or a total break. In these cases, the action guidelines are very clear. Although it costs your thing, the first thing is to remain calm and not panic. Being calm, we as specialists will react better. When it is a partial breakage of a definitive tooth, it is important not to lose the detached parts since it is likely that the dentist can reengage them. But if it’s a complete fracture, you have to rinse your mouth gently with water and try to reposition the tooth in its cavity without manipulating the root. This solution may not be quite effective, so if it is complicated, we can always dip the tooth in a glass of cold milk. Why in a glass of milk? The milk allows to preserve the properties of the tooth and, therefore, it reaches the dentist in good condition. If we do not have milk, it can also be preserved in physiological serum.
This solution may not be quite effective, so if it is complicated, we can always dip the tooth in a glass of cold milk. Why in a glass of milk? The milk allows to preserve the properties of the tooth and, therefore, it reaches the dentist in good condition. If we do not have milk, it can also be preserved in physiological serum.
In the case of an avulsion, which occurs when the tooth falls completely with the root, it is important to take it by the crown and, in any case, keep it in the mouth itself with the proper pH.
Breaking a tooth is not always synonymous with losing it. The extent of a dental fracture injury can be very different:
Mild fracture: in these cases, it is possible that the nerve has not been affected and that a reconstruction with composite can be carried out.
Moderate fracture: when the fracture is greater and has reached the nerve, a root canal is performed.
Severe fracture: The fracture affects the root and, therefore, must be removed and an implant placed. In these cases, the original tooth cannot be saved.
One of the most frequent causes by which people break their teeth is usually practicing contact sports. In these cases, we always recommend using mouthguards as a preventive measure.