My broken tooth is cutting my tongue – What can I do to make it feel better?

Broken, fractured or chipped teeth are a very common event. This usually doesn’t cause any immediate pain to the tooth, but can quickly become very painful to the tongue. You will notice it worsen quickly if required to talk a lot. At our Sarasota dental office, we consider this a true dental emergency and encourage our patients to come in right away so that we can fix the sharp spot. Calling your dentist and getting in right away are the best option but if you are away or you can not reach your dentist, there are some at home remedies to get you out of pain until you can see your dentist.

In-Office remedies for a chipped tooth causing pain to your tongue

  • Smooth the sharp area with a dental bur and polish smooth
  • Repair the cracked filling, crown, or tooth with tooth colored bonding
  • Repair the cracked filling, crown, or tooth with a new dental crown or onlay
  • Place a temporary sedative filling to provide comfort until you can return to have permanent work done
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth could require removal of the tooth

At-Home remedies for  a chipped tooth causing pain to your tongue

  • Try to see your dentist first – don’t put a Dremel tool in your mouth! Note that anything you put in your mouth could be swallowed or aspirated so caution is advised.
  • Go to your local drug store and ask for temporary filling material.  One brand is Dentemp.  Mix as directed and apply to chipped are forming a smooth surface to your tongue.
  • Wax is another temporary solution.  If you ever had braces, you have used wax around sharp wires and brackets.  This was may be available at your local drugstore.
  • Anything that sticks to the tooth could be a temporary solution. Chewing gum placed over the fractured area has worked well as a temporary solution for many patients.
  • Some have also tried to file or smooth their tooth.  This is a risky proposition and not recommended.  Definitely not a good idea if you feel any pain.  A nail file is usually the instrument of choice.  Diamond coated abrasive surface may work most efficiently.  Don’t bother with an Emery board.  Tooth enamel is very hard and requires either a sharp carbide blade or diamond surface to cut and smooth.
  • Limit the amount of talking and chewing until the broken tooth is patched or repaired in order to minimize the long-term pain.
  • Pain pills and numbing gel will only mask the pain and allow the soft tissue ulceration to worsen.
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