Dental Fracture

You have a dental fracture or injury. This can mean the tooth is loose, has a chip in the enamel or is broken. If just the outer enamel is chipped, there is a good chance the tooth will not become infected. The only treatment needed may be to smooth off a rough edge. Fractures into the deeper layers (dentin and pulp) cause greater pain and are more likely to become infected. These require you to see a dentist as soon as possible to save the tooth.

Loose teeth may need to be wired or bonded with a plastic splint to hold them in place. A paste may be painted on the open area of the broken tooth to reduce the pain. Antibiotics and pain medicine may be prescribed. Choosing a soft or liquid diet and rinsing the mouth out with warm water after meals may be helpful.

See your dentist as recommended. Failure to seek care or follow up with a dentist or other specialist as recommended could result in the loss of your tooth, infection, or permanent dental problems.


  • You have increased pain not controlled with medicines.

  • You have swelling around the tooth, in the face or neck.

  • You have bleeding which starts, continues, or gets worse.

  • You have a fever.