Teeth can chip for many reasons. Maybe you were eating something hard and accidentally bit down too hard. Maybe you were playing a sport and took a spill. Whatever the reason, it can be pretty distressing to see your smile suddenly marred by a chip. If you have just chipped your tooth, don’t worry –it’s a common dental emergency, and there are several ways to fix it. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what to do until you can see the dentist, as well as four ways to fix a chipped tooth. Keep reading for more information!
If you have just chipped your tooth, the first thing you should do is locate any tooth fragments. It’s important to try to find all of the pieces, as your dentist will need them in order to fix your tooth. Once you have collected any fragments, be sure to wrap them in a paper towel and keep them damp using milk or water. In most cases, your dentist will do everything they can to get you an appointment as soon as possible. If this is not possible, however, then you can take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. If you’re in a lot of pain, ice can also be helpful in reducing pain and swelling. Just be sure not to put the ice directly on your skin, as this could cause further damage.
There are four main ways to fix a chipped tooth: dental bonding, veneers, crowns, and dental implants. The method your dentist will choose depends on the size and location of the chip. Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to fix a small chip. In fact, this is one of the most commonly used methods to fix chipped teeth. The dentist will use a tooth-colored resin to fill in the chipped area, and then they will harden it using ultraviolet light. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth. They can be used to cover up larger chips, as well as cracks and other imperfections.
Crowns are another option for larger chips. In this case, the dentist will remove any damaged tooth material and then place a custom-made crown over the remaining portion of your tooth. This will completely cover the tooth and keep it protected while restoring a natural appearance. Finally, dental implants can also be used. Dental implants are a more invasive option and are not generally used unless the damage is extensive. In this case, the dentist will extract the damaged tooth and place a titanium post in your jawbone. Then they will attach an artificial tooth to the post.
In this blog post, we’ve discussed what to do if you have just chipped your tooth. We’ve also covered four ways to fix a chipped tooth: dental bonding, veneers, crowns, and dental implants.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in giving you some information about what to do if you have just chipped your tooth. Remember, it’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible in order to avoid further damage. In most cases, your dentist will be able to fix your tooth using one of the methods described above. Thanks for reading!
Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.