Broken Tooth

Broken Tooth

Before you see to the dentist, follow some self-care tips:

Save any broken teeth pieces. If it was a clean break, your dentist may be able to cement the broken tooth back together as a temporary fix.  Put the broken tooth fragments or completely knocked out tooth in a container with a small amount of milk or saline.

Rinse broken teeth fragments with warm water. If the tooth is completely knocked out, hold it by the crown (top) and rinse it off with water. Do not touch the roots of the tooth or try to scrape the roots to remove dirt.

Practice some first-aid basics. If an area is bleeding, rinse out your mouth with water. Place a piece of gauze or tissue in the socket and bite down. A cold compress can help with swelling and pain.

Call the dentist. If you have a completely knocked out tooth, there is a 30-minute window in which it can effectively be reattached. After 24 hours, chances decrease significantly.


Dental treatment for a broken tooth depends on the severity of the break. A tooth fillings is used to fix breaks to the outer part of the tooth (the enamel). A dental filling may also be used for a more serious break involving the enamel and inner layer of the tooth (dentin), but often a dental crown is necessary in these cases. The most serious breaks are those that damage a tooth’s nerve. These usually require a root canal to remove the damaged nerve and blood vessels.