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Broken Tooth Emergency Extraction

A broken tooth emergency extraction involves completely removing the tooth that has broke which includes the root and the crown. The root and crown are detached from the jawbone from within its socket. There are a number of different ways that you can break a tooth such as chewing on hard substances like ice, getting hit in the mouth while playing sports or MMA, or taking a tumble while coming down some stairs or stepping off a curb to name a few. Also, not taking care of your teeth and having untreated cavaties or oversized amalgam fillings can lead to your teeth being weaker and more prone to breaking.

A root canal will not be necessary when you do not suffere from any pain or infenction and can either be refilled or it may need to be extracted permantly. In order to ensure the correct dental procedure is done to remove the tooth in an emergency you will want to contact a emergency dental office

The Emergency Removal Process

Dentist and oral surgeons usually take the following stpes when performing the tooth extraction:

1 - Teeth Numbing: A local anasthetic will be injected into the gum in order to numb the surround area from where the dentist will extract the tooth. If there are more than one tooth that needs to be extracted than a stronger anasthetic will be required. Some people elect to be put under for the procedure but a lot of dentist and doctors do not recommend that.

2 - Broken Tooth Extraction: The gum is cut away in order to expose the bone tissue which covers the tooth. Then a pair of forceps will grasp the tooth and wiggly it back and forth to losen it from the socket and jawbone while detatching it from the ligaments that are holding it in. Teeth that are very strong may required the dentist to break it up and then remove it piece by piece.

3 - Wound Care: A lot of bleeding can occur once the tooth is removed from the socket. A dentist uses guaze pads to apply pressure to the socket and have the pateint bite down onto it to help stock the bleeding. The pressure from being bit down on helps slow the bleeding so the body can clog the wound. Then self dissovling stitches may be applied to help close the gum edges around the socket.

Note: Dry socket may occur which is when a clot inside the socket breaks expsoing the jawbone and cause you a lot of pain. If this happens then a sedative dressing will be used on the socket in order to allow a new blood clot to form.


After the tooth extraction then recovery is the primary focus. A dentist usually prescribes a prescription of drugs and steps the patient needs to take in order to help prevent infection and a quick recovery.

  • Use prescribed painkillers and follow the prescription.
  • Replace the guae pads as recommended to avoid them being blood soaked and cause infection.
  • Place ice over the area on and off for ten minutes to help prevent swelling
  • Try not to use a lot of force when spitting or rinsing for a minimum of a day to help prevent from breaking the clot
  • Drink liquids and liquidized foods. Then gradually introduce solid foods slowly over time.
  • Do not brush or floss the area until it has healed to a point where you will not interfear with the healing process.

If you experience infections, have signs of infections, or paing that is not normally experienced than you should contact your dentist. Your dentist will be able to take a look and see if there are any issues and be able to give a proper diagnosis of what is taking place after your broken tooth emergency extratcion.

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