What can I can do for a broken filling or tooth?
Posted on 15th April 2020 at 08:18
A broken tooth or lost filling may feel uncomfortable and make areas of your tongue or cheeks sore especially if there is a sharp edge. We would advise in the first instance that you attempt to get a temporary filling kit from your local pharmacy, although at present they are in high demand so there maybe a delay in getting one. These kits provide temporary filling material which you can easily apply to your tooth to relieve the discomfort. Please follow the instructions in the pack carefully, you may need to replace or top up the material when it gets worn or lost.
Please keep the area as clean as possible and avoid food packing in the area.
Avoid extremely hot or cold foods as your tooth may feel sensitive.
Apply any desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne to the area of the tooth that is sensitive.
If there is no sensitivity application of your usual fluoride containing toothpaste last thing at night can help slow down the progression of tooth decay.
Avoid eating hard or chewy foods on the side of the broken tooth to prevent further damage
If you are experiencing pain with the broken tooth paracetamol and or ibuprofen maybe used for pain relief. Please only use these medications if you know it is safe to do so considering your health and any current medication. If you are unsure please contact us on 01246 230230
500mg x2 paracetamol every 4-6 hours, do not exceed the dose.
Alternatively 400mg ibuprofen every 4-6 hours, again, do not exceed the dose.
Please note recent guidance suggests those patients confirmed with Covid 19 or those displaying symptoms should avoid taking ibuprofen.
If you are experiencing pain which you cannot control with painkillers please telephone the practice on 01246 230230 where you will be directed to the on call emergency dentist for further advice.
For non urgent enquiries and to arrange an appointment for the future please email the practice firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you.
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