How to Handle a Chipped Tooth

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Have you chomped into something hard and been answered by a crack or a crunching sound? Have you fallen and chipped a tooth?  While your enamel—the outermost layer of your teeth—is the hardest tissue in the body, it is also relatively brittle. This means your teeth can crack, which can lead to infections and other complications. If you crack or chip a tooth, we recommend calling your dentist immediately, but here are a few things you can do in the meantime.

Typically, if you’ve only suffered from a minor chip, you’ll only need to visit your dentist once. Dentists typically recommend this repair to restore the function and comfort of your smile, or simply to prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged.

If your tooth hurts, we recommend starting with over-the-counter painkillers. You can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. If your tooth is jagged, we try covering it with chewing gum or wax paraffin. Otherwise, your chipped tooth my cut your tongue, lip, or gums. Please avoid chewing on your broken tooth, and if necessary, eat only soft foods.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are excited to meet you.