Chipped teeth can occur at any time but can be frustrating and even painful. It can also result in pointed, jagged, or crooked teeth or leave large gaps exposing the gums. When you have a chipped tooth, it is important to get it repaired as it can cause problems that are beyond aesthetic concern, such as difficulty eating certain foods. Besides, while having food, food items can get trapped in the gap, causing discomfort, pain, and gum damage. Over time, a chipped or fractured tooth is at the risk of breakage if left untreated. If the tooth nerve gets exposed due to the breakage of the tooth, pain and sensitivity can occur.
When a patient reaches out to us due to chipped teeth, we examine the condition to determine the severity of the damage and plan treatment accordingly. If you ever suffer from a chipped tooth, we recommend you to call our emergency dentist right away at (281) 991-6530.
To determine the severity of your condition, we will ask you a few questions:
- Do you feel any pain?
- Are you bleeding?
What to Do If Your Tooth Is Chipped?
In case you chipped your tooth, call your dentist at Radiant Dental Care and schedule an appointment with us. Next, try to shield the sharp edge of the chipped tooth to prevent it from hurting the gum. You can consider putting some wax or dental cement over the sharp area. A piece of chewing gum can also do the job.
- If you have to eat before you see our dentist, eat only soft foods and do not chew with the chipped tooth. You may also feel tooth sensitivity to hot and cold beverages.
- If you feel any pain near the nerve, follow these home remedies until your dentist visit:
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
- Have an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling.
- Apply a cold compress on the chipped tooth.
How Does a Dentist Treat Chipped Teeth?
When you reach Radiant Dental Care, our treatment will depend upon the severity of the toot damage.
If your back tooth has suffered the chip, we will try to fix it using dental fillings, which typically takes only a single visit to the dental office. If your front teeth are chipped, we may use some other, more involved treatment options:
- Dental bonding
Here, a composite resin or porcelain material is cemented to the surface of the chipped teeth to reshape it to its original structure and form and hardened using ultraviolet light.
- Dental Cap or Crown
If the chip is more severe, a dental crown is placed over the top of the chipped tooth to cover the tooth and save it from further damages.
- Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers can also help fix a chipped tooth. If the patient has their multiple front teeth chipped, dental veneers are a reliable and natural-looking restoration option.
Do you wish to improve your oral health and transform your smile? Visit us at Radiant Dental Care in Pasadena, or call us at (281) 991-6530 to schedule an appointment.