Chipped Tooth

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Chipped Tooth

If you have a chipped tooth or teeth, you need to get it repaired as soon as you can. Chips can result in bigger breaks in the tooth enamel. Broken or chipped teeth also may cut into the tongue or cheek, and even lead to bacterial infections inside the tooth!

How Do you Fix A Chipped or broken Tooth?

Chipped teeth can be fixed by a few different methods:


  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Onlays
 

It will depend on how bad the chipped or broken tooth is.

Here’s How To Selfcare For A Chipped Tooth

If you have a chipped tooth, it should be considered a dental emergency and you should call the dentist office right away. You can’t repair a chipped tooth at home, and it’s never going to get better on it’s own. If you can’t make it to the dentist right away, there are a few things you can do to help protect the tooth and make it easier on you:


  • Place gum, dental wax, or temporary dental filling material over the chip or break
  • Take a painkiller such as ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Cold compress on the outside of the cheek
  • Carefully floss in and around the tooth to avoid hard food particles
  • Avoid chewing with the chipped tooth.
 
Implementing these tactics should protect the tooth from further damage, and make it less painful for you, however, they are not permanent solutions.

What Are The Risks Of A Chipped Tooth?

Broken or chipped teeth are dental emergencies and will never get better, and generally overtime, it will get significantly worse, here are a few complications that can come from having a chipped tooth:
 
  • Pain when eating
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Fever
  • Bad breath or sour taste in your mouth
  • Swollen glands in your neck or jaw area
  • Inner-tooth infection
  • Jagged edges can cut your lip and cheeks
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Treating a broken or chipped tooth sooner than later will potentially save you much discomfort, possibly tooth decay, and many oral health issues in the future.

How Long Does The Pain Last After Tooth Extraction?

You can expect to be in some minor discomfort for 1 to 2 weeks after the oral surgery (this is common). However, actual pain typically fades away 24-72 hours after surgery. If the pain lasts longer than 3 days, you should call your dentists to see what they recommend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not every dental emergency will be painful, you can have a chipped or broken teeth and not feel pain at all. If you do have a dental emergency, treat it sooner than later, regardless of how little pain you feel.

It won’t be overly expensive compared to some other dental procedures. The most expensive treatment will be a veneer, or dental crown.

Bacteria might infect the compromised tooth. This can result in needing a root canal, or a dental extraction. A inner pulp infection in the worst case scenario can potentially be fatal. However, death from a tooth infection is very rare.

If you have broken or chipped teeth, you should see it as an emergency. Getting your broken or chipped teeth fixed early will prevent further damage.

Stay away from hard foods like hard candy. Stick to soft foods and try to use the side of the mouth with out the the chipped or broken teeth or tooth.

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