Chipped tooth pain has the potential to be extremely devastating; however, there are many easy and effective strategies for coping.
“The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound….” – George Bernard Shaw
Chipped tooth pain may be mild, moderate, or severe. It depends on the type of chipped tooth that your child has. These types include craze lines, fractured cusp, a cracked tooth, a split tooth, and a vertical root fracture.
While craze lines typically do not result in pain and a fractured cusp rarely results in pain, the other types of chipped teeth do cause pain. If you are suffering from chipped tooth pain, an immediate visit to the dentist is necessary; however, you may take the following measures to quickly alleviate your discomfort:
- Avoid Hot and Cold foods. If the chipped tooth pain is severe, it is quite likely that the nerve is exposed. This means it will be extra sensitive. You should avoid excessively hot or extremely cold foods and liquids. Instead, opt for items that are room temperature. Be certain to avoid products that contain high amounts of sugar and acid. Examples include soft drinks, oranges, coffee, and items that are similar in nature.
- Immediately brush with a fluoride toothpaste. This will help in the process of remineralization. You should also rinse with a mouthwash that contains high levels of fluoride. You may also use waxed floss to dislodge any debris that could be pressing on the chipped tooth.
- Over-the-counter Medications can help. When a tooth chips, the body’s natural reaction is inflammation as it is attempting to heal the area. Start with an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. The gum surrounding the tooth may be hurting. To remedy this, you may want to opt for numbing gels that are appropriate for the mouth. The relief will only be temporary, but, it may help. Never place an OTC medication – such as aspirin – directly on the chipped tooth as this could result in further complications.
- Use a natural pain reliever, such as clove oil. You simply put a dab on a cotton ball and allow it to sit on the painful area for just a few seconds at a time. If at all possible, avoid using fully formed cloves as this could further irritate the area and result in more pain.
- Salt Water Rinse. Not only does salt water help in eliminating the pain, it is also a highly effective antibacterial agent. Simply use 3-4 teaspoons of salt in one cup of water. The water may be warm, but not so warm as to irritate the area further. Then, swish the substance around in the mouth 3-4 times each day. If you find that this causes more pain, avoid using this method.
If you, your teen, or your child is experiencing chipped tooth pain, it is time to receive care from a dental professional. Contact us immediately for assistance.