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How to Deal With Chipped Tooth

by Haddon Suttner

If you have a chipped tooth, you might not feel any tooth pain unless the chip is large enough to expose the nerves in the inner layer of the tooth. If a chipped tooth exposes the nerves inside a tooth, you might notice increased tooth sensitivity and pain when chewing or when the chipped tooth is exposed to very hot or very cold food and beverages. A chip on one of the pointed chewing surfaces of the back teeth is called a broken cusp. This type of chipped tooth is rarely painful, but it should be examined by a dental professional. You might need a crown or a dental onlay to restore the shape of the tooth and prevent further damage or decay.

How to Deal With Chipped Tooth

Causes of a Chipped Tooth

The possible causes of a chipped tooth include:

  •     Falling and hitting your mouth
  •     Biting on a hard object or food, such as a hard candy or a bone
  •     Suffering trauma to the face from a sports injury or accident
  •     Cavities which can weaken the teeth and predispose you to a chipped tooth

Immediate Care for a Chipped Tooth

If you have a chipped tooth, make an appointment to see your dental professional as soon as possible. Meanwhile, follow these steps:

Rinse

Rinse your mouth with warm water.

Press

If there is any bleeding in your mouth as a result of a chipped tooth, use a piece of gauze to apply pressure to the area.

Chill

Place an ice pack on your lips or cheek near the chipped tooth to help control swelling.

Cover

If you can’t see a dental professional the same day that your chipped tooth occurs, cover the chipped tooth with dental cement (available at most drugstores) to protect the remaining tooth until your appointment.

Professional Care for a Chipped Tooth

Treatment of a chipped tooth depends on the size and severity of the injury:

Small

If the chip in your tooth is very small, your dental professional might simply smooth and polish the chipped tooth, and no additional treatment will be needed.

Medium

If your chipped tooth involves minor damage to the tooth enamel, your dental professional will probably place a filling, crown, or cap over the chipped tooth to restore its normal appearance and function and to protect the inner layers of the teeth from irritation and infection.

Large

If your chipped tooth is large enough to expose the tooth nerve, you will likely need a root canal to remove the damaged nerve, plus a crown or cap to replace the chipped tooth.

Chipped Tooth Treatment

After treatment for a chipped tooth, it is important to maintain a regular oral care routine. To help you stick to a routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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