What Can You Do:
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water or salt water.
- Apply a cold compress to the check near the broken tooth.
- Apply gauze to the broken tooth to help soak up the bleeding.
- If you experienced a severe break, you need to see a dentist within 24 hours.
Can a broken tooth be saved?
If the crack has extended into the pulp, the tooth can be treated with a root canal procedure and a crown to protect the crack from spreading. However, if the crack extends below the gum line, it is no longer treatable, and the tooth cannot be saved and will need to be extracted.
What happens if a broken tooth goes untreated?
If left untreated, a broken tooth can become infected. In some instances, the infection can spread to the head and neck and cause serious health problems. In rare cases, an untreated broken tooth may even become life-threatening.
Will a broken tooth eventually fall out?
A dead tooth will also no longer have any blood flow to it. Once this happens, the tooth will eventually fall out by itself. However, it can be dangerous to wait for this to occur, as the tooth can become infected and affect the jaw and other teeth.