Broken teeth can be extremely stressful for the person who is experiencing it because they are usually accompanied by a loud cracking noise and a great deal of pain. In order to cope with a cracked or broken tooth until you can get to the dentist, you are going to need to reduce the pain. Here are some tips for reducing the amount of pain that you experience.
1. Choose Your Foods Carefully
One way to reduce the pain of a broken tooth is to allow time to reduce the tooth's pain to a dull throbbing feeling. This will happen on its own. However, you can constantly exacerbate the pain by eating and drinking the wrong foods. You will want to stay away from foods that are extremely hot, as well as foods that are extremely cold. Because the protection that your teeth once afforded you has been compromised, the extreme temperatures of the food and drink will be able to reach the sensitive root directly and cause a high level of pain. You will also want to avoid foods that have a high amount of sugar and a high amount of acid because both of these can also cause pain to the root of the tooth.
2. Get Rid of Any Food Particles Within the Tooth
After your tooth has been cracked, you will need to go into your tooth very gently with floss and get rid of any food particles. If your tooth is in the front of your mouth, you might want to consider using a mirror in order to make sure that you are getting all of the particles. By removing any food particles that are pressing on the root of the tooth, you can reduce the overall pain of the broken tooth.
3. Use Eugenol
You can also consider using eugenol, which is the oil made from cloves, to provide a slight local anesthetic to the area where the broken tooth resides. To use the oil of cloves, which you can find at most large grocery stores and any health foods store, soak a piece of cotton in the liquid. Then, gently press the soaked cotton to your tooth for a few minutes, allowing the liquid to reach the root of the tooth and apply its anesthetic properties.
For more information, talk to your dentist. To restore your broken tooth, you will need to go to a dentist as quickly as possible.