If you’ve never experienced this before, then I’m very happy and thankful for you.

But sometimes, while eating food or playing around, something can happen where you accidentally chip or break a tooth.

Sometimes, when you chip or break a tooth, you may not feel any pain at all since the break did not expose the nerve.

However, there are other times where you can break or chip a tooth and it does expose a nerve, and when this happens let me tell you… the pain can be excruciating.

So what do you do when you break or chip your tooth and the pain is unbearable?

The obvious answer is to get to your dentist as quickly as possible.

But what about if it’s the weekend, or after hours, and your dentist isn’t readily accessible?

This can create quite a dilemma, especially if you are experiencing intense pain.

If you can’t immediately get to dentist, then there are some steps you can take that will help to mitigate the pain, at least until you do get to the dentist.

Below are 4 tips to help you control the pain of your next broken or chipped tooth:

#1: Avoid food that is high in sugar

If you just broke or chipped your tooth, one of the worst things you can do is expose that tooth to sugar.

Because sugar is naturally bad for you teeth when they are in perfectly healthy order, having sugar get into your chipped or broken tooth can add an extensive amount of pain to what is probably already a very painful situation.

So avoid sugar and sugary foods when your tooth is chipped or broken.

#2: Avoid extreme cold and hot foods

Another situation that can bring intense pain to an already painful chipped or broken tooth is to let extremely cold or extremely hot foods hit your teeth.

This extreme temperature can add considerable discomfort to your teeth, adding to the existing pain you are experiencing from your chipped or broken tooth.

#3: Use a temporary filling to seal the exposed dentin or broken part of the tooth

If the pain is too much and there doesn’t seem to be any other immediate solutions, pharmacies typically carry temporary filling to fill cracks or holes in your teeth.

This should be considered a very temporary solution for any cracked or broken tooth, but it is possible that it will help you relieve symptoms of hot and cold sensitivity until you can get in to your dentist.

#4: Sleep with your head elevated

If your cracked or chipped tooth is something that you can live with until you get to your dentist in the morning, then it would be wise to sleep with your head elevated.

When you sleep with your head at what would be considered a normal elevation, this could cause your chipped or broken tooth to throb as more blood is rushing to your head while you are laying down.

By sleeping with your head elevated, this will mitigate the pressure from your head and help make the pain a bit more tolerable while you sleep.

What are some ways you’ve dealt with the pain of a chipped or broken tooth?