Because both kids and adults are able to spend so much time pursuing outdoor activities during the summer, dentists see more patients for a chipped tooth. If this happens to you or someone in your family, here’s how to respond right away to minimize long-term damage.
Take These Steps
Call your dentist and make an appointment to get in as soon as possible. Rinse your mouth with warm, not cold, water. Purchase dental cement in the drugstore section of your local grocery story and follow the directions to protect your tooth. If you were able to save the chip, place it in a small baggie and keep it moist by adding a few droplets of water in the bag or wrapping the fragment in wet gauze.
Steps the Dentist May Take
The procedure varies depending on the severity of the injury. If the damage is minor, the chipped tooth can simply be filed and polished. If damage to the enamel incurred, you’ll need a filling or crown. If one of the front teeth has been chipped, you may be referred to a cosmetic dentist for a porcelain veneer to mask the visible chipping. If the chip exposes the nerve an endodontist will need to be brought in to perform a root canal.
Even if the chip seems minor and is painless, have your dentist take a look. What starts as a minor chipped tooth can exacerbate and fracture further if precautionary steps aren’t taken.
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