September 17, 2019
Have you ever chipped or cracked a tooth? If so, you can
understand the immediate panic that is felt, especially if it occurs in the
visible part of your smile. However, chipped teeth don’t always cause pain, but
it’s important to receive treatment for it, nonetheless. Chips and fractures
can lead to even more severe dental problems if they aren’t handled properly.
Keep reading to learn the best next steps to take after chipping a tooth from
Chipped Tooth? Here’s Your Next Steps
After chipping your tooth, you should always see your
dentist as soon as possible. But there are some measures you can take to help
your situation before even stepping foot in the dental office, including:
- Your first move should always be to call your
dentist for an appointment.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold
compress on your face to reduce swelling.
- Then, cover any sharp parts of your tooth with
sugarless gum on hand or a piece of dental wax.
- Be sure to stay away from extremely hot or cold
- If there’s pain or sensitivity, take
over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen.
- If you must eat, only consume soft foods and
How Your Dentist Treats Chipped Teeth
The size and severity of your fracture will directly
influence the type of treatment that your dentist recommends. For moderate
fractures that aren’t in the visible parts of your smile, your dentist will
typically use fillings to complete and support your tooth.
If the chip is shallow and superficial, your dentist can use
dental bonding to erase it. This tooth-colored composite resin is applied to
the tooth and smoothed over, seamlessly repairing your grin. Another cosmetic
service that is recommended is called porcelain veneers. These thin shells of
dental porcelain can be bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to correct
numerous flaws. This is especially advantageous for patients with a variety of
cracks, chips, and fractures.
For more severe cracks that affect the inner portion of your
tooth, your dentist may need to provide root canal therapy to save it. With
this procedure, they will carefully remove the damaged tissue from your tooth,
filling it with a biocompatible material to keep it strong. This procedure will
typically be finished with a dental crown, a custom-made restoration that caps
your tooth for protection.
Keep this useful information in mind for the future. That
way, if disaster strikes, you’ll be ready with some expert next steps on how to
save your tooth.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Mark D. Medaugh is an experienced dentist who enjoys
combining art and science to give his patients beautiful smiles. He offers
various treatments to correct chipped and fractured teeth, and he’ll examine
your mouth before recommending the best one for you! He currently practices at
Valley Dentists of Belchertown, and he can be contacted through his website or by
phone at (413) 323-4335 for any questions.
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