A chipped tooth can be an unfortunate accident, but it doesn’t have to cause a lot of pain or discomfort. There are different treatments to restore your smile and protect your tooth from further damage. Let’s discuss some of the most common treatments for chipped teeth and how you can get the best results. We also suggest seeing a dentist as soon as possible if you experience a chipped tooth, as they can offer more comprehensive treatment options.
How To Fix A Chipped Tooth At Home?
While it’s always best to visit a dentist for treatment, there are some ways you can fix a chipped tooth at home.
To start, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area around the chipped tooth. If the break is sharp or jagged, you can use dental wax or sugarless gum to cover the area and protect your tongue or cheek from being cut.
If the chip isn’t too big, you can try using a toothsome resin kit to make it less noticeable. First, mix together the components of the kit according to the instructions. Next, apply the mixture to your tooth using the Brush tip provided in the kit. Wait a few minutes for it to harden before you can eat or drink.
If the chip is bigger, you may need to visit your dentist for a better solution.
How Do Dentists Fix a Chipped Tooth?
Dentists can also do few different ways to fix a chipped tooth, depending on the extent of the damage. For minor chips, the tooth can be smoothed down with a drill. If the chip is more significant, then a dental filling or veneer may be needed to restore the tooth. In extreme cases, a dental crown may be required.
- Filling or Bonding
A filling is a type of restoration that is used to fill in the spaces where teeth have been lost or damaged. The filling is placed into the cavily, molded and polished to resemble the other teeth. Bonding is a type of restoration that is used to fix small chips and cracks in teeth. The tooth is then applied with bonding materials and then polished to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth.
- Dental Veneers
Veneers are very thin and require very little preparation of the natural tooth. The dentist will first remove a small amount of enamel from the front of the tooth. This ensures that the veneer will fit snugly against the tooth. Then a mold or impression is made of your teeth. This mold is then sent to a dental laboratory, where the veneers are made. Once the veneers are ready, the dentist will bond them to your teeth using a special resin. The process is usually completed in two visits to the dentist’s office.
- Dental Cap or Crowns
A dental cap, also known as a dental crown, is a type of tooth restoration that covers the entire surface of a tooth. It is often used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or infection or to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by trauma. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misshapen.
- Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a dental treatment in which the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed, and the resulting space is cleaned and sealed. If a tooth has been chipped or cracked, the pulp inside may be exposed. This can cause pain and inflammation and may lead to an infection. If left untreated, the pulp may die, and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Root canal therapy removes the infected pulp, which stops the pain and reduces the risk of infection. The space inside the tooth is then cleaned and sealed off to prevent further damage. Most people report that root canal therapy is much less painful than having a tooth extracted.
- Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are usually placed to the surfaces of the chewing teeth — the molars and premolars. This thin, plastic coating bonds into the depressions and grooves in the chewing surfaces of these teeth, forming a watertight seal. This seal prevents food and plaque from becoming trapped in these areas, which can cause cavities to form.
Sealants are usually recommended for children who have not yet developed cavities but who are at high risk for developing them because of their tooth type or oral hygiene habits. However, they can also be used on adult teeth. Sealants are easy to apply and usually last for several years.
What to Do for a Chipped Tooth?
If you have a chipped tooth, the best thing to do is to call your dentist right away. Depending on how extreme the damage is, they may be able to simply smooth out the jagged edges. However, if the chip is more significant, you may need to have a dental veneer or crown placed over the damaged tooth. In some cases, a chipped tooth can also lead to nerve damage and pain, seeing your dentist after the injury occurs is very important.
In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to care for your tooth and reduce discomfort:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water. This will help clean the area around the tooth and reduce swelling.
- Use a cold compress to reduce pain and inflammation.
- If possible, try not to chew on the side of your mouth where you have chipped tooth
- Eat soft foods and avoid sticky or hard foods that could further damage your tooth.
- If the chip is large or sharp, place dental wax or sugarless gum over it to protect your tongue or cheek from cuts.
At Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry, we can provide treatments for a chipped tooth that will help protect your smile and restore the appearance of your teeth. We offer a variety of services that can treat chips and other types of dental damage, so please call us today if you have any concerns about your oral health. We look forward to helping you maintain a beautiful smile for years to come!