A chipped tooth is considered a dental emergency. It can occur due to a fall, an accident, playing sports or an injury to the mouth. A chipped tooth can be unpleasant, unappealing and often painful. Here are some tips on what to do in order to save a chipped tooth.
Ways To Save A Chipped Tooth
Do Not Panic
A broken tooth is rare and one tends to panic. It is best to deal with it promptly rather than dwell on how one could have prevented it.
See A Doctor Immediately
Dental emergencies are rare and a doctor may not be available on call. However, one must notify and see a dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, use some of these tips and tricks to save the tooth.
Stop The Bleeding And Clean The Tooth
If the tooth has become loose or is bleeding, gently clean the area of the tooth with water. You can also use milk, which has a cooling effect. Do not try to touch the surrounding nerves and pulp if they have been exposed. See a doctor immediately.
For Severe Cases
If you have completely lost a tooth or incurred a massive chip, see a dentist immediately. The dentist’s ability to save the tooth will depend on how fast your reach the hospital. Generally, the best results can be obtained by reaching within an hour to the hospital.
Repairing The Jagged Edges
An experienced dentist will try to soften ad smoothen the jagged edges of a tooth. This is essential to prevent the edges of the tooth from cutting into your skin.
Dental x-rays are necessary in chipped teeth to assess the extent of damage. If the tooth has been chipped beyond repair, it may have to be taken out.
Porcelain veneers can be used to save mildly chipped teeth. These are layers, which are placed on the tooth to give them a shiny, white and new appearance. Once the veneer has been placed, your tooth will be as good as new.
Application Of Crowns
If the tooth enamel has been damaged, then the tooth is vulnerable to cavities and infections. In such cases, a crown will placed on the tooth to prevent it from being attacked by cavities and plaque. Your tooth will be saved and protected from further damage.
Chipped teeth are prone to tooth sensitivity indicating that one or more nerves have been damaged. In such cases, have your tooth shown to a dentist. The dentist will probably recommend a root canal to remove and deaden the nerves and the blood vessels. A root canal will protect you from needlessly having to endure pain due to a chipped tooth.
Bonding Of Teeth
Since chipped teeth look unappealing, they can be rebonded using composite materials. The dentist may also file the jagged edge if he/she feels that extensive damage has not been done to the tooth.
Injuries to the teeth are rare. Make sure you protect young children by encouraging them to play safely especially if they are in contact sports. This can be done by wearing special mouth guards.