chipped tooth pain

Relieve your tooth pain immediately!

chipped tooth painOur teeth have a purpose and that purpose is to eat. Or to break down our food to aid in digestion, but we’ve discovered that our teeth are really a multi-purpose tool, right? Have you ever used your teeth to open a bag of chips? Don’t have scissors on hand to remove that pesky clothing tag – why not use your teeth?  Are you trying to tie a knot, but you’re by yourself? Why not use your teeth to help tie that knot? Our teeth can come in handy in a pinch. But, what happens when using our teeth as a multi-purpose tool can result in chipped tooth pain?

How to Handle Fractured or Chipped Tooth Pain

The truth is using your teeth as an extra set of hands or a pair of scissors can oftentimes result in chipped or fractured teeth. When you chip, crack or otherwise fracture your teeth chances are you are going to experience some pain. Here’s how you can handle that tooth pain before you see your dentist.

Call Your Dentist

It’s important you contact your dentist immediately to set up an appointment to repair your fractured, cracked, or chipped tooth. An injured tooth needs to be evaluated and repaired by your dentist as soon as possible. If your dentist doesn’t offer emergency dental services they may be able to suggest temporary chipped tooth pain solutions until your appointment.

Over-The-Counter Pain Relief

Tooth pain from a cracked or chipped tooth can be temporarily relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. An anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen can effectively relieve inflammation of the gums until you see your dentist. It’s important to note a pain reliever is not a solution to your tooth pain, but a temporary fix, and you must see your dentist to resolve the issue.

Salt Water Mouth Rinse

If you’ve cracked or fractured your tooth you want to avoid any bacteria that can cause infection. A warm salt water mouth rinse can temporarily relieve pain and cleanse the area of bacteria thereby reducing your chances of infection.

Avoid Hot Or Cold Food

If you’ve broken your tooth it might mean your nerve has been exposed. Nerve exposure means severe sensitivity to any food or drink that is hot or cold causing extreme pain to your tooth. Avoid food that is extremely hot or cold, and instead, choose foods or beverages that are room temperature.


When babies are teething parents use an anesthetic like Orajel to give them temporary relief. The same can be used for adults who are suffering from fractured or chipped tooth pain. You can buy an OTC anesthetic  at any store to give you the pain relief you need.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency from a chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth contact you can contact Hospital Dental Group at anytime 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (860)351-7638.

Or to schedule a regular dental checkup contact us at (860)-524-5194


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