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Dental Health: Caring for Damaged Teeth and Fillings 

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Dental Health: Caring for Teeth and Fillings

When a tooth or fillings are damaged, steps need to be taken immediately to provide appropriate care. 

If something has happened to your fillings, or if you damaged have teeth because of chipping, breaking or a fracture, take some steps until you can see your dentist. 

If you don't, the tooth will suffer other dental problems and infection may set in. You may even end up losing the tooth. 

Try to see your dentist within hours if your tooth or fillings are broken, chipped or fractured in some way. You should be able to call for an emergency appointment. 

If you have extensive damage to teeth due to trauma of some sort, such as a car accident, you should try to be seen at emergency room. Then you should still see your dentist afterwards. 

Most of the time, the damaged teeth or fillings can be repaired. The teeth may need more aggressive treatment, such as capping in order to be saved, or to be restored their original condition. 

The first thing to worry about is bleeding. 

If you apply direct, gentle pressure to the affected gum area, not to the tooth itself, this can usually be stopped. Where you apply pressure depends on the area of the damaged tooth: you apply pressure above or below the tooth. For an upper tooth, apply pressure above the tooth, for a lower tooth, apply pressure on the area of the gums below the teeth. 

Rinse your mouth gently with warm water if there's swelling and then apply a cold compress to the area. 

Often, pieces of a broken or chipped tooth can be found after dental damage has been inflicted. When this happens, it's important to bring the piece's with you when you visit your dentist. 

In many cases, this will aid in the effort to repair the tooth, since the dentist has the necessary skills and tools that are needed to "cement" them back together. It isn't necessary to bring any lost fillings, if that should be the issue, since teeth can be refilled. 

You have to be careful if you have jagged edges on a tooth that was chipped or broken. Sharp ends often irritate the surrounding soft tissue of the mouth and can cause a great deal of pain. 

As an emergency measure, to prevent this, press a small piece of soft wax into the damaged area. You can prevent unnecessary damage to your gums with this method until you can see the dentist and he can file down the edge when he sees you. 

If you must eat, eat only soft foods until you've be seen by your dentist. Also be sure to chew on the opposite side of the mouth from the damaged tooth. If you chew on the damaged tooth you will cause further irritation and perhaps even infection, resulting in further damage or tooth loss. 

Also avoid extremely hot or extremely cold food. Foods that have extreme temperatures cause further pain and can further irritate the damaged area. Because of the blood in the area of the gums, you want to make sure that the gums around the tooth close up and the blood coagulates. 

So avoid taking any aspirin products because they will interfere with the coagulation factor of the blood. 

You can take Advil, Motrin or Aleve in small doses. As long as you don't have any allergic reactions to these OTC medications, you should be alright. Confirm with your pharmacist that these won't interfere with any prescription medicines you take. 

In many cases, steps can be taken to repair fillings or dental damage without losing a tooth, and you'll increase your chances of keeping the damage to a minimum by following these basic common-sense guidelines, as well as visiting your dental health provider routinely, in order to keep your teeth and fillings healthy and clean. 

The author of this article is Chris Tillington

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