Even if you’ve had years of dental health problems, you might have never seen a bruised tooth before. It’s much more common for the protective layers of enamel to crack open, or for the tooth to be broken due to a sports injury or an ordinary mishap. You need to know how to deal with bruised teeth, so here are some tips on how to do that.
Relieve Your Pain
Go to your local pharmacy and then get some pain relief medicine, either from the shelf or prescribed over the counter by your dentist. These treatments will help lessen the pain in your mouth from your bruised teeth. The pain is mainly caused by inflammation and swelling, and if you can make those go away, you will start to feel better already.
Get a Mouth Guard
It’s also possible that you grind your teeth. If you haven’t been getting restful enough sleep, it could be due to a condition that’s known as sleep apnea. Alternatively, you could grind your teeth in your sleep, damaging them in the process. That’s why you need a custom night guard to wear when you go to bed. This guard can help protect the teeth and the gums and muscles underneath them. You’re probably already aware that it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard while you sleep, so don’t hesitate to get one even if you aren’t actively playing any sports.
Visit Your Dentist
Press your tongue to the tooth that you think is bruised. If it can move around under the lightest pressure, then the tooth is probably loose. At this point, it will need a splint. Splints are made of wire, resin, or nylon threads and bind the bruised tooth to the undamaged ones around it, stabilizing it in the process.
Sometimes, all you can do is wait. Treating your bruised teeth is important, but you don’t want to act too hastily. Allow your teeth to heal and listen to the advice that your dentist has for you. You may need to schedule multiple dentist’s visits, more than you would otherwise need without dental injuries.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!