Pre-Dental Care for a Broken or Chipped Tooth

One day there you are, chewing a piece of ice or gnawing away on a piece of peanut brittle when you suddenly become aware of something solid in your mouth that is definitely not supposed to be there. You lean over the sink, spit, and see what it was: a broken bit of tooth.

Even though the enamel that coats your teeth is the strongest tissue in your entire body, it is not indestructible. Getting hit in the face, falling down, or chomping down on anything hard, especially if your tooth is in a state of decay, could result in one or more of your teeth breaking or chipping. If you notice that you have chipped or broken one of your teeth, do not worry, your Del Mar dentist will be able to repair it for you.

What to do if You Break or Chip a Tooth

Pre-Dental Care for a Broken or Chipped Tooth

If your break, chip, or fracture your tooth, make sure that you schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you are able to do so. If you delay seeing your dentist, your tooth could sustain an additional injury or develop an infection, which will likely cause your tooth to wind up falling out.

If you break or chip a tooth and are unable to get to your dentist straight away, you can take the steps listed below:

  • If you are in a great deal of pain, you can take Ibuprofin, acetaminophen, or any over-the-counter pain medicine should offer some relief 
  • Use warm salt water to rinse out your mouth as often as needed
  • If your tooth has a jagged or sharp edge, you can cap it with a piece of gum or even wax in order to stop it from cutting into the inside of your cheek, your lip, or your tongue
  • If you have to eat before you can get to the dentist, eat only softer foods and try to avoid chewing your food near the chipped tooth

Dental Bonding or Filling

If only a tiny little piece of your enamel has chipped or broken off, your Del Mar dentist will be able to fix the damage with a dental filling. If a front tooth is in need of repair or the chipped tooth is visible when you speak or smile, your dental professional will probably employ a dental procedure known as bonding, which utilizes a composite resin that is the same color as your teeth.

It is important to make sure that your teeth and gums are properly maintained if you want to keep your smile both beautiful and functional. The cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Curtis L. Chan, DDS will help you obtain the beautiful smile you have always wanted and ensure that your teeth remain strong and your mouth stays healthy. 

For more information on procedures frequently used in cosmetic dentistry and your overall oral health, contact our Del Mar dental office at (858) 481-9090 to schedule an appointment.


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