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If you’ve recently cracked your molar, whether it was by chewing on hard foods or using your teeth as tools, it’s best to do all you can to improve the situation and stay calm while doing so. Having a broken tooth can be a scary situation, but it’s best to keep a cool head so you don’t make matters worse.

To help you through this situation, our Bryce E. Justesen, DDS dental team encourages you to do the following things:

Avoid using the tooth: It’s best to avoid using the tooth until you’ve had the problem fixed. This is because there is a high chance of worsening the crack if you use it. So, if you absolutely have to eat, try using the opposite side of your mouth. Also, stick to eating soft foods as a precaution.

Control the bleeding and reduce swelling: Try to stop the bleeding by applying a piece of gauze pad or cloth to the area for about 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. If needed, feel free to replace the pad or cloth with a new one after 10 minutes has passed. Try to reduce swelling and relieve pain by applying an ice pack on the mouth, cheek, or lip near the injured area.

Visit your dentist: See your dentist as soon as possible and don’t forget to bring any broken pieces of the tooth with you when you come into the office.

Call our office today at 480.827.1234 if you have any questions or if you would like more detailed information on how to take care of a cracked molar in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Bryce E. Justesen and our dental team are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!