Chipped teeth happen, usually due to blunt force trauma, and when they do, it’s important to have the matter addressed quickly. The last thing you want is for the tooth to become infected. That could pose serious health risks and result in the loss of your tooth. Nonetheless, there are steps you can take to ease your pain and preserve what’s left of your tooth so that your dentist can fix it. In this article, we’ll discuss how to deal with a chipped tooth.
What you can do right away
Chipped teeth hurt, so the first thing you’ll probably want to do is address the pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help blunt the pain. You can also clean the sore area with salt water to help reduce the risk of infection. There is a product on the market called Dentemp which is used to treat loose fillings that can help avoid infection, foodstuffs getting in the area, and reduce pain. Once you feel comfortable, you should call your dentist immediately.
How do dentists treat chipped teeth?
Treatment will depend on the severity of the chip. Simple chips with only a small amount of tooth missing can be repaired in one visit whereas bigger chips make require more extensive work and multiple visits. Possible options are listed below:
- Filling and bonding – If you’ve chipped off a bit of your tooth enamel, our family dentists can apply filling. When the damage occurs to a front tooth, we generally use a tooth-colored composite resin so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. The material is applied to your tooth, shaped properly, and then hardened using ultraviolet light. These procedures are quick, simple, and cost-effective. Your dentist will likely recommend this option for small chips.
- Veneers – A chipped front tooth won’t look all that great until your dentist does something to change its appearance. That’s what dental veneers are used for. They are specially crafted to your mouth and line up seamlessly with your original teeth.
- Dental caps and crowns – Those who have lost a substantial portion of their tooth may require a cap or a crown. In these cases, part of the tooth is filed down and a crown is fitted to the area. The tooth is preserved, most of it anyway, and the crown looks like a real tooth. In cases where the pulp becomes infected, your dentist will need to remove the pulp first (a root canal) before attaching the crown.
Contact a Family Dentist Today
Peak Family Dental Care has locations throughout Arizona. If you have suffered a chipped tooth, our chipped tooth dentists in Cottonwood, AZ can help recommend a treatment to meet your budget and address your dental needs. Call today to schedule an appointment and we can discuss your options today.