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What to Do If You Chipped a Tooth

November 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonesandknight @ 3:01 am

Model of a chipped front toothAccidents can happen, which can result in a chipped tooth. If you’ve broken a tooth, don’t panic! You must see an emergency dentist quickly to repair your tooth because it won’t heal on its own. Here are 6 things you should do if you have a chipped tooth.

1. Rinse Your Mouth Out

Rinse your mouth with salt water to remove any debris. It will also kill bacteria and reduce pain and inflammation.

2. Stop Any Bleeding

Bite on a piece of gauze for 20 minutes to control any bleeding. Change it as necessary.

3. Manage Any Pain

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage any discomfort.

4. Apply a Cold Compress

Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce pain and swelling.

5. Watch What You Eat

Eat soft foods and chew slowly. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth.

6. Contact an Emergency Dentist

Don’t delay seeing a dentist. If the damage is minor and you aren’t in any pain, you can wait a day or two until your dentist’s next availability, but don’t put the appointment off for too long. It’s best to have your tooth treated sooner rather than later.

Treating a Chipped Tooth

Your dentist will examine your mouth and review X-rays to ensure there’s no damage below the surface of your gums. They’ll create a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Dental Bonding: A composite resin is shaded to the color of your enamel to provide a natural-looking solution. The minimally invasive procedure provides quick results that can last for a decade or more.
  • Veneer: A veneer can be applied to the front side of your tooth to fix a chip. It can also improve the color and shape of your tooth. Your veneer can last for 10 years or longer with the right care, like brushing and flossing. 
  • Dental Crown: Large breaks may require a dental crown. All-ceramic materials are used to create a restoration that will cover the entire surface of your tooth above the gum line. It will look and feel like a real tooth.

Your dentist will restore the health, function, and appearance of your tooth using the latest solutions in dentistry.

About Dr. Troy Jones

Dr. Jones achieved his dental degree at The University of Texas Health and Science Center and has regularly continued his training in various specialties. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (210) 625-8551.

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