Emergency Dentistry Services for a Fractured Tooth During COVID-19

Emergency Dentistry Services for a Fractured Tooth During COVID-19

Posted by ROSEMONT DENTAL CENTER on Jul 7 2021, 10:41 AM

A fractured tooth is a serious problem, and you shouldn't ignore it even during the time of COVID-19. A tooth that has been fractured is vulnerable to infection and further damage. The condition can also cause significant pain. You can prevent further damage by seeking immediate help. If you delay, the condition may worsen.

Dental Emergency -Tooth Fracture

A tooth that has been knocked out or fractured is a dental emergency. If your tooth has been knocked loose, you should seek immediate treatment from your dental office. Your dentist may attempt to place the tooth back into the socket to splint it into place until it heals completely. 

If you have suffered a broken or fractured tooth, be sure to call your emergency dentist as soon as possible. If you wait too long to see a dentist, your tooth may be permanently damaged.

When Should I See A Dentist For An Emergency?

There are some situations when a badly broken tooth needs urgent dental care. According to WebMD: "If a tooth is knocked out completely, you'll need to see your dentist within one hour of the injury for the best chances of saving the tooth."

A break, crack, or chip to the enamel of your teeth also warrants a trip to your dentist as soon as possible. These procedures are also less expensive and easier on your mouth than ignoring the problem and allowing your condition to worsen over time.

You should work quickly with your dentist to ensure that you retain as much of your natural smile as possible. Your dentist will schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This appointment will likely involve x-rays and a 3-D scan in order to assess the full scope of the damage and provide you with treatment options. In some cases, these options may include tooth extraction. With options like veneers or crowns available as restorative dentistry services, however, you may be able to repair your tooth without needing to remove the whole thing from your smile

Your dentist will carefully examine the area to determine the best method for repairing the tooth. Some options may be discussed, such as bonding or capping the broken tooth. A crown can sometimes be placed immediately while a tooth is numb; otherwise, a temporary restoration will be placed until a permanent one can be made at a later date. If the amount of trauma to the tooth is too severe and it cannot be saved, extraction and replacement with a dental implant may also be an option.


If a tooth has been fractured or knocked out, it's important to see your dentist as quickly as possible. By the time you reach us, there are a few things you can do in the meantime.

A knocked-out tooth should not be put back in the socket until you can see a dentist. However, if there's no one around to help and your cheek is bleeding, you can gently rinse the tooth with water and then try to place it back in the socket. Hold it in place by biting on a tissue for 10 to 20 minutes. Once the bleeding stops, place a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling. See your dentist as soon as possible.

To preserve a broken tooth and prevent further damage, avoid eating any hard foods, chewing gum, or sticky candies. Avoid brushing the area with too much pressure as well. Instead, use warm water and gentle circular motions to brush the area. Call your dentist right away to schedule an appointment for treatment.

Visit Rosemont Dental Center, 2090 Old Farm Dr #C, Frederick, MD 21702, or contact the Dentist in Frederick, MD, by calling us at (301) 663-1144 to learn more about oral health and stress.

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