How to Deal With the Chipped Tooth Blues

Woman with head thrown back laughingSo you chipped a tooth. Not to worry! While it can be disconcerting to realize there’s a detached piece of tooth in your mouth, there’s no need to panic. Call Jordan Dentistry for an appointment as soon as possible, and check out these tips to get you through until Dr. Jordan can see you.

Tips for Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water, which will keep your mouth clean and help soothe any pain from the chip. You may also want to take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever.  
  • If the tooth has a sharp edge, cover it with dental wax to protect your mouth and tongue from abrasion. Dental wax (often used by orthodontic patients with braces or retainers) can be found at most drugstores.
  • If you need to eat, choose soft foods – nothing hard, crunchy, or chewy – and try to chew with the other side of your mouth, putting as little pressure on the tooth as possible. Do not bite down on the affected tooth.

Repairing a Chipped Tooth

How to repair a chipped tooth depends on the extent of the damage and other factors unique to each patient. These are a few of the ways your dentist may fix a chipped tooth once you arrive at your dentist appointment.

  • Tooth bonding – If the chip or crack in your enamel is minor, the dentist may be able to use a tooth-colored resin to repair it. Tooth bonding is a simple procedure and you will be able to get on with your day quite quickly.
  • Tooth splinting – If you broke a tooth due to trauma (playing a sport, falling, etc.) and is loose or crooked, you may need a tooth splint. In this procedure, the dentist will bond the damaged tooth to an adjoining tooth for support to allow your gums and bone tissue to heal.
  • Root canal – If the tooth is severely damaged, extending beyond the enamel to the tooth pulp, you’ll need a root canal. A root canal removes the damaged part of the tooth, and can be finished with a crown or filling to repair the break.

Whatever your dental needs may be, we’re here to put a smile on your face! Contact Jordan Dentistry for family dental appointments in Cumming, GA, from routine teeth cleaning to periodontal procedures and cosmetic services.

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