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If you’re not careful, oral injuries could occur and you could experience a dental emergency. These situations can be scary and even a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, there are things you can do to handle the situation and save your smile. Today, Dr. Pete Olberding would like to help you handle a broken tooth in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Your first need to call our office and schedule an appointment. Then, rinse your mouth with cold water if there are blood and debris in your mouth. When you’re done rinsing, ice outside the injured area to reduce swelling and relieve pain. You can also take over-the-counter painkillers to relieve discomfort.

Second, collect every piece of your tooth and then keep those pieces in a safe place. When you come into our office for your appointment, bring the pieces with you. Your dentist will try to put your tooth back together.

Third, consider using a mouthguard in the future. Mouthguards are strong appliances that can shield your smile from harm. There are many guards available, so please remember to talk to your dentist about the best option for your smile.

Call E. P. True Dental - West Des Moines, IA at (515) 224-9899 if you have any questions or if you need further assistance handling your broken tooth. Our dental team looks forward to helping you!