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Broken tooth with exposed nerve
christilee01 posted:
Last night while eating dinner, I felt the worst pain in my life biting into a soft bite of steak. I have had issues with a tooth breaking around an old filling, but has never caused this much pain. Of course it is Sunday and dental care is not cheap. Last time I had it looked at, it was going to cost me 700 dollars above my insurance cost. Is there anything I can do to ease the pain until I can afford the dental care?
atti_editor responded:
Hi christilee01,

I know that dental care can be expensive, but it is important that you have this looked at and fixed by a dentist, if you haven't already. Leaving the tooth (and it sounds like maybe the root) exposed can lead to more damage, infection, and possibly losing the tooth, which could end up costing you more. This article has some treatment options that might help while you wait to see a dentist -- including pain relievers and avoiding chewing near the broken tooth. I know that when I had a broken tooth with nerves exposed it helped to avoid eating anything that was cold or hot as it aggravated the nerve and worsened the pain. I hope that you are not in too much pain and that you are able to get care soon

Best wishes,
steffanymohan responded:
If your chipped tooth has a sharp edge or an exposed nerve you can put wax on this spot to pack it down or cover the edge to keep from cutting your mouth. When you fix a broken tooth like this, you can ensure that you will do no damage to your tongue or gums while waiting to see your dentist.
Remember to rinse your mouth with warm salt water before you fix your broken tooth.

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