Mama still has most of her teeth. I brush them daily and to do so discovered early on I had to use a little warm water and mouthwash instead of toothpaste as she was notorious for swallowing toothpaste. That seemed to work. Day before yesterday, one of her front teeth just broke off. I can tell that part of the tooth is still embedded in her gum. I immediately called her hospice nurse who had just been to the house and asked her what could be done. Mama was not complaining of pain but then she never complains about pain...never....I am sensing it is bothering her though and I know it is troubling me. While Hospice has not suggested they will not do anything about it, they have told me that usually this is not a problem and not to worry and just watch it, make sure it doesn't become infected, etc. etc. I can't imagine just leaving a rotten tooth root in Mama's gum. Has anyone out there dealt with this and if so what did you do? Mama is totally bedfast so in order to have a dental professional address this she will have to be transported by ambulance....also, I was initially told I could give her some of her morphine if she became painful...but IMO, I would rather not over administer morphine, especially for something where if it becomes painful it will not go away without pulling out the remaining root, or more than likely having to cut it out. Mama is tough and so probably could deal with just novocaine to do the procedure, just trying to figure out all the angles beforehand....any opinions or advice??