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How do I temporarily repair a cracked tooth?

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To repair a cracked tooth, use temporary filling kits, and use the single putty or mix the two putties included in the kit, says Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University. A person can place the mixture on his broken tooth if it does not cause pain or discomfort.

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Teeth often break due to decay beneath a filling or around the cracked tooth, states Columbia University. A seriously damaged tooth with a large filling sometimes shatters because there is a tiny portion of the tooth left. When a person has a broken tooth, it helps to consume liquids and soft foods and avoid hot or cold foods to minimize pain while eating. He can also chew on the side of the mouth without a broken tooth.

While waiting for the day of the dental session, a person can take an over-the-counter medication to alleviate pain. Medicines containing ibuprofen effectively relieve pain and swelling. They typically work better than acetaminophen. When the appointment day comes, the dentist may suggest several pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. Anyone who finds it extremely hard to eat or feels too uncomfortable should request an emergency appointment, notes Columbia University. Dentists may suggest a qualified professional who is available for an appointment.

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