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What's a temporary fix for a chipped or broken tooth?

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Until you can see the dentist, try this:

  • If the tooth is painful, take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever. Rinse your mouth with salt water.
  • If the break caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your lip or cheek.
  • If you must eat, stick with soft foods. Don't bite down on the broken tooth.

See the dentist ASAP. Your tooth could be damaged further or get infected, and you might lose it.

SOURCES:

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "When Teeth Get Damaged."

Worldental.org: "Emergency Broken Tooth Repair."

Indiana State Department of Health: "Broken or Displaced Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on September 13, 2020

SOURCES:

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "When Teeth Get Damaged."

Worldental.org: "Emergency Broken Tooth Repair."

Indiana State Department of Health: "Broken or Displaced Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on September 13, 2020

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