If you have a chipped tooth, you need to act fast to preserve your dental health. Here’s what you should do when you have a chipped tooth:
1. Call Us Right Away
If you have a chipped tooth, there are several ways that we can deal with it:
- Our patients have had excellent experiences with veneers. Veneers are coverings that are placed over the tooth, and they are durable and extremely easy to maintain. In most cases, veneers look great too, and they have an appearance that is nearly identical to natural teeth.
- Crowns are another common treatment for chipped teeth, and they feel just like natural teeth. In many cases, you will find that eating and drinking is far more comfortable than it was before. There are a variety of materials that they can be made out of, but they are often made out of metals.
- Another great method that dentists use to fix chipped teeth is dental bonding, and this technique can be an extremely long-lasting solution. In fact, it often lasts for around ten years, and it is an affordable way to get your teeth fixed. While dental bonding can be made out of a variety of materials, it’s common that they are made out of porcelain or ceramic, and these materials are highly durable.
If you don’t get to a dentist quickly enough, it’s possible that you could lose the entire tooth, and this makes it even more important to give us a call right away if you have a chipped tooth.
2. If You’re In Pain, Over The Counter Pain Relievers Are An Option
Some examples of over the counter pain relievers are acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin. Another way that you can reduce the pain of a chipped tooth is rinsing your mouth out with salt water, and many people report that this is highly effective for the pain of a chipped tooth.
3. Protect The Rest Of Your Mouth
The best way to do this is to cover the sharp part of the tooth with paraffin. However, if you don’t have any paraffin wax, another great way to do it is to use chewing gum. Be careful of what you eat, and it’s generally best to choose foods that are relatively soft, such as applesauce.
What You Should Never Do If You Have A Chipped Tooth
1. Do Not Underestimate The Extent Of The Damage
Many people who have a chipped tooth end up underestimating the damage, but it’s important to never make guesses as to how badly damaged the tooth is. That’s because the damage is very difficult to assess, and it should always be left to professionals.
2. Don’t Engage In Activities That Could Result In Further Tooth Damage
Not only should you avoid eating hard foods, but it’s a good idea to avoid activities that could result in falls or other injuries to the mouth. Do not participate in sports if you have a chipped tooth.
3. Don’t Try Unproven Home Remedies
If you are suffering from a chipped tooth and began to search for ways to relieve the pain online, you may find a wide range of unproven and pseudoscientific claims. It’s best to avoid trying any of these unproven home remedies, and some of them can even cause more damage to the tooth.
How Long Will It Take To Fix Your Tooth?
It depends on how badly your tooth was damaged. If your tooth was only mildly damaged, it could be repaired very quickly. However, this won’t usually be the case if you have a tooth that has been seriously damaged, and this might result in a more lengthy dental visit.
What Happens If It Was A Front Tooth?
If you have chipped a front tooth, the dentist will take additional steps to ensure that your replacement tooth appears as normal as possible. One of the most common steps is using a tooth-colored composite resin, and this can make your teeth far more natural than most other treatments for damaged teeth. We also may use a special light to facilitate the drying of the compounds that form the false tooth. If there was damage to the tooth’s root, you may need a root canal.
If You Have Dental Problems That Were Caused By A Chipped Tooth, Get Your Complimentary Consultation Right Away!
All you need to do is give us a call at (323) 654-2840.