A chipped tooth often occurs in one of a few common settings: falling and making facial contact with the ground, receiving a blow to the face or biting down too aggressively on a hard piece of food. Whatever the case may be, do not panic. You will be okay.
Our team recognizes that for some people, a chipped tooth causes irritation, stress and lack of comfort. For others who have a smaller chip in their tooth, they may not even recognize they have a chipped tooth.
Regardless of your circumstance, a chipped tooth needs attention and appropriate action from a professional like Dr. Moore. If you avoid help, your tooth could become infected or further damaged, causing permanent tooth loss.
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Treating a Chipped Tooth
If you have a chipped tooth, you should contact Dr. Moore to request a visit so that we can examine the situation. Following the chip, however, you should temporarily treat it by taking the following steps:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water - This will help cleanse any bacteria from the mouth and clear the spot of the injury.
- Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen - This will help relieve pain temporarily.
- Use gauze pad at spot of chipped tooth - If there is any blood near the spot of the injury, slightly press the gauze pad to apply pressure and clean the area.
- Cover the sharp edge with dental cement or wax paraffin - If the jagged edge of the chipped tooth could cause cuts to your lips and cheeks, covering the tooth with protective measures will alleviate the possibility of further injuries.
- Avoid biting down on tooth - If you need to eat, avoid eating near the injury and only eat soft foods.
If you take these steps for temporary relief, you are helping your long-term recovery and limiting further damage.
Repairing Your Chipped Tooth
Once your tooth is examined by Dr. Moore and the team, we will diagnose the situation based on the severity of the injury. If only a small piece of enamel is broken off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit.
Possible solutions to repair your chipped tooth include the following:
- Tooth-colored filling - For a small chip or fracture, this filling will repair the damage and match the shade of your existing tooth
- Crown - For a more extensive chip, repair may require an involved treatment using crowns.
- Veneer - If a chipped tooth creates permanent damage, a veneer designed to cover the front surface of teeth may be necessary.
Visiting Dr. Moore
No matter the severity of your chipped tooth, you should visit Dr. Moore and the team in Memphis in order to properly assess the situation at hand. We want you to feel comfortable and maintain a healthy, pain-free mouth. We’re here to help you do that.
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