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The holidays aren’t the time of year when you want to deal with a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth. However, if you’re not paying attention while eating a turkey leg it’s pretty easy to damage a tooth. Suddenly you find yourself in need of emergency dental care on a day when most dental offices aren’t open.

So let’s look at what your dentist recommends you do if you break a tooth during Thanksgiving this year.

Chipped teeth

If your tooth is only chipped, it’ll be painful but it doesn’t need immediate attention. A chipped tooth can easily be fixed with dental bonding, a crown, or veneer. You’ll have to discuss which option is best for you and your needs with your dentist to determine which restoration option you choose.

Fractured teeth

If your tooth is split right down the middle but not cracked, you need to get emergency treatment. The reason is because that crack exposes the pulp – the bundle of living nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth – to infection. If the pulp gets infected you could lose the tooth and others as well.

Knocked-out teeth

If you end up damaging a tooth so badly that it falls out of the socket completely, put the tooth in a glass of milk and seek treatment immediately. As long as the tooth is kept in milk and the socket is cleaned, the tooth can usually be reinserted without too much work.

If you have any other questions about how to deal with holiday dental emergencies, call us today at 480-359-1473. We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions you have.