Are you a weekend warrior that still loves to push your limits? Are scrapes and bruises a mark of a football win well earned? Or maybe you just bit into a piece of hard candy and felt like there was something off about your next bite? Whatever the case may be, a chipped tooth is no laughing matter. While it can cause you to be self-conscious about your smile, it can also be uncomfortable to bite.
The first step is to make an appointment with Dr. Todd Franklin right away, so he can assess the extent of the damage. Dr. Franklin and his team make every effort to restore your smile as soon as possible. Whether you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry, we’re happy to help! Your oral health is our top priority.
There are a few things to consider when dealing with a chipped tooth. You need to ensure that your tooth does not break even more; worse, you also want to make sure that your tooth does not become infected. Here are a few tips that you should follow immediately after chipping a tooth:
- If you feel any kind of pain after chipping a tooth, consult a pharmacist for the best over-the-counter pain medication. Read the label and follow directions accordingly.
- Add about a teaspoon or so of salt into lukewarm water and rinse your mouth to prevent infection.
- The chip on your tooth may create a sharp edge that can irritate or even cut your tongue, lip, or cheek. Take a piece of wax and cover up your chipped tooth until you are able to have it repaired.
- Eat only soft foods and avoid biting down using your chipped tooth.
Whether you need general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, here are several treatment options when you have a chipped tooth:
- Dr. Todd Franklin and his team may use dental filling and bonding. A small chip usually requires the former while a chipped front tooth may require bonding using a compound that is the same color as your tooth.
- When you break a large piece of your tooth, our team may need to grind the part of your tooth that is still in tact in order to set a crown or cap onto it.
- Broken front teeth may also be treated using dental veneers. This option makes your teeth appear natural.
- Chipping your tooth to expose the center (pulp) may cause infection. If this is the case, Dr. Franklin and his team will perform a root canal. An exposed pulp is vulnerable to bacteria and your tooth will abscess as the bacteria infect it.
Chipping or breaking a tooth may be concerning but can always be fixed. Contact Dr. Franklin and his team to ensure that your teeth look and feel their best. The sooner you address the problem, the less likely you will have to deal with more serious issues like an infection.