The Christmas season is in the air, and with Roasted Chestnuts Day around the corner, the team at Caring Smiles thought it might be a good idea to talk about how to deal with a chipped or broken tooth.
The Christmas Song, which starts off with, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” teaches an important lesson on how to avoid having to make an emergency dental visit to Caring Smiles with a chipped or broken tooth. While the thin outer shell is pretty easily broken and removed, the inner skin is practically impossible to remove without first cooking the chestnut.
Your first instinct might be to try and bite the chestnut to crack the outer shell, or to break the inner skin. Don’t!
You probably don’t want to be visiting us right before the holidays with a chipped or broken tooth. However, we know that accidents happen (chestnut-related or not), and having a chipped or broken tooth can happen at any time.
Depending on the size of the chip, a chipped tooth may be painful, or you may not even notice the chip at all. If you do realize your tooth has been chipped, and you have the chipped piece, wrap it in wet gauze and bring it with you when you come and see us.
In the meantime, rinse your mouth (especially in the area around the chipped tooth) with warm water. You may also want to place soft wax over the tooth if there is temperature sensitivity or a considerable amount of pain.
Your tooth could break in a number of ways. If you have a piece or pieces that fall out, wrap them in wet gauze and bring them with you. If your entire tooth pops out, gently rinse it with water (DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH) and you can attempt to put it back in the socket, grasping it by the crown (or the biting part). If that doesn’t work, you can try placing the tooth under your tongue or in between your cheek and gums.
Failing that, place the tooth in a cup of milk, saline solution, or water. Time is of the essence, so contact Caring Smiles or a nearby dentist if you’re out of town as soon as possible to set up an emergency dental appointment!
We are always happy to see you for an emergency dental appointment — whether it is around the holidays or not. Now you know what to do if you chip or break a tooth. If you’re still unsure of what to do, you can always give Caring Smiles a call — we’re always happy to help take care of your smile.