What to Do If Your Tooth Breaks

broken toothBreaking a tooth can be both inconvenient and painful. When it happens, it is important to call your dental office and schedule an appointment quickly. Your tooth will be at risk of breaking further or needing a root canal or extraction if it is not treated.

Not all broken teeth hurt, but If your tooth is painful or sensitive the inside of the tooth containing the nerve has probably been exposed. If you can’t get to the dentist right away, you may be able to calm the discomfort by putting oil of cloves on a cotton ball and putting it gently on the exposed area or taking over the counter pain relief medicines.

A chewed piece of gum can sometimes be used to protect and insulate an exposed area and most pharmacies have other temporary options available, as well. If you can save the broken off piece, rinse it in warm water and bring it to your appointment with you.

Most of all, be very gentle so that whatever you do doesn’t cause your tooth to break further.  

Dentists are very skilled at fixing broken teeth and stopping the pain that comes with them. We do it all the time.

If you are in the Knoxville area, call (865) 922-1613 and we will be happy to help.

Is Extracting a Tooth Cheaper in the Long Run?

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Times are challenging and some people are having trouble affording ideal dentistry.  When a tooth problem arises they may be faced with some difficult decisions.  If this happens to you, it is important to make sure you understand all of your options and take time to look at the big picture as well as your current situation.

Tooth extractions may seem inexpensive in the moment, but over time it may cost a lot more. Implants, bridges, dentures, and partial dentures are the systems normally used to replace teeth. We are grateful to be able to offer them, but would like to help you save your teeth when we can.

There is a different kind of cost for not replacing an extracted tooth and leaving the empty space. The neighboring teeth will tip into the open area, which causes them to come loose from the bone. This is how the vicious cycle of tooth loss begins.

Eventually, lost teeth can affect your appearance, digestion, and health.

Sometimes teeth cannot be saved. And, sometimes, you are in a tough spot and an extraction is really all you can afford. If you are faced with this decision, make sure you understand all of your options and look at the big picture. If you do end up losing a tooth, have it replaced as soon as possible to protect your other teeth and keep your mouth healthy.

Our Knoxville dental office would be happy to support you. We offer sedation (anxiety free) dentistry for those who find going to the dentist difficult and are experts at saving and replacing teeth.

Call: (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Dental Emergencies: What to Do When a Tooth is Knocked Out


The following steps will increase the odds of saving an adult tooth that has been knocked out:

  1. Recover what you can of the tooth – do not try to clean it and avoid touching the roots, if possible
  2. Try to place the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with your finger or a piece of gauze
  3. If you cannot get the tooth back in the socket, put it in milk, saline solution, or your own saliva.  You can hold it in your mouth if you are confident you will not accidentally swallow it.
  4. Get help quickly by contacting your dentist, an oral surgeon, or going to an emergency room
  5. Stay calm and drive safely