If you have to wait until you can see a dentist, even though you should go to see them immediately, then the best way to prevent swelling and severe pain is to use cold. An ice pack or a bag of peas applied directly to the side of the face where the crack happened will help to cool down the inflammation, and hopefully make it less swollen for the dentist to examine. You may find that they recommend a tooth restoration, which could be a variety of different treatment options. Tooth restorations San Diego dentists, including Dr. Woods, often perform include a filling or bonding, a cap or crown, some extra enamel added to the tooth with sculpting, or even a veneer. Whichever treatment your dentist thinks is best, it will not only make your teeth stronger and healthier by preventing infection from getting into the tooth, but it will also look better from a cosmetic point of view.
The most important thing is to not leave it too late. As soon as you realize that you have a cracked tooth, then you need to go to your dentist.
Call (619) 359-6569 for a free tooth restoration consultation with Dr. Woods.