Here at Amberwood Dental Centre, we deal with a wide variety of dental emergencies, but one of the most common is chipped teeth. A chipped tooth is something that no one wants to experience, as getting one is painful and the results are often unsightly. While this problem can occur in many degrees of severity, and in some cases it may not seem like it warrants a trip to the dentist, you should still make an effort to get a professional assessment soon after the initial event. Waiting could lead to the tooth becoming damaged further, or to contracting an infection that leads to tooth loss or health problems in other areas of the body. In this article, we’ll go over what to do in the event that you or a loved one chips a tooth so that you can be prepared.
If you have a chipped tooth and are unable to see your dentist right away, use the following strategies in the meantime. Take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever to cut down on the pain or discomfort. Rinse your mouth with saltwater to reduce the risk of infection. If the chipped tooth has a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of sugar-free gum or paraffin wax to protect your tongue and cheek. Do not bite down on the injured tooth, and choose foods that are soft and easy to eat.
Depending on the severity of the damage, our team at Amberwood Dental Centre may employ a number of different procedures. For small chips, we can likely fix the damage with a filling. If the chip is located on the front teeth, we’ll use a similar technique called bonding, which uses a tooth-coloured resin to cover the damaged spot.
In cases where the chipped tooth is more severely damaged, we may recommend dental veneers (for front teeth) or crowns (for molars). Whether your chip is big or small, you should call our team at Amberwood Dental Centre to get it taken care of as soon as possible.