If you have signs of a cracked tooth, you should not ignore them. When you do nothing, you are at risk for infection or losing the tooth. The good news is that there is something that you can do to manage the pain and discomfort from a cracked tooth.
A dentist can repair the tooth, but until you get to the dentist, there are several things to do to manage any pain or discomfort that the cracked tooth creates.
What to do When it comes to dealing with the pain and discomfort of a cracked tooth a person needs to think about what they should and what they should not do.
Avoid food at extreme temperatures - Stay away from very hot or very cold food until you can get to the dentist.
Avoid sweet and acidic foods - Foods that are very sweet or very acidic can irritate the nerves in the cracked tooth.
Use Over the counter pain medications - These can provide temporary relief from the pain.
Use over the counter dental anesthetics - These medications can numb the area around the cracked tooth.
Sleep with your head elevated - This can relieve some pressure while you rest.
Rinse with salt water - Salt water works as an antiseptic and can relieve some of the pain when used 2 or 3 times a day.
All these things can provide temporary relief from the pain that a cracked tooth can cause. They do not fix the crack. The pain and discomfort from a cracked tooth can come and go. Many people think that if the pain is gone, they do not have to do anything else. This is the wrong thing to do. The best thing to do is to contact our offices when you realize that you have cracked a tooth.
We can help relieve any pain and can help fix the tooth so that you can keep your smile. Take the time to give our office a call when you need help for a cracked tooth or anything else.