What to Do When You Crack a Tooth

Cracked tooth illustration


Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 520-744-7388. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away. If it is after hours, you can always use the "Contact Us" or "Book Online" link at the top of our website. We will call you the very next business day. Don't worry, if there are no appointments showing any time soon, that does not mean we can't accommodate you. Schedule whatever you soonest you can find and let us know in the description of what is going on. 

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold milk, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment. Not all fractures or dislodged teeth can be put back together, they are kind of like Humpty Dumpty, but we can always try our best!

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If bleeding, bite down on a damp gauze pad until bleeding stops. If there is more than just oozing of blood, such as chunky blood (blood clots) and it does not stop bleeding with pressure, please go to the nearest emergency room. 

It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it.

If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out.

In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately.

Dr. Engle riding in the desert Dr. Engle Dentist and owner of Presidio Dental

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