A chipped tooth can happen from a variety of different incidents. For example, when you are trying to open a package with your teeth or from eating very hard foods. These are just a few incidents. You should try to fix a chipped tooth as soon as possible to prevent further problems from developing.
What to do first?
It may take a few days to see your dentist. In the mean time, to help subside pain and swelling, you can take over the counter pain medication. You can also rinse your mouth to remove any food pieces that stick to the edges of a cracked tooth. Avoid any hot or cold temperatures that may set off teeth sensitivity.
There are a few options that can help fix a chipped tooth fast:
Bonding – for smaller less complicated chips. This is a simple procedure where a composite material is molded over the non-cracked part of the tooth to correct the chip.
Veneers – are used if there is a more serious cosmetic issue. These are porcelain covers that are on the front of your teeth. The result is a smooth natural look.
Crowns – similar to veneers, they are porcelain covers. The difference is that crowns shield the entire tooth instead of just the front facing part. This is helpful when a large part of the tooth is lost. The tooth shape can be corrected and repaired quickly, preventing further damage.
Dental Implants – are typically used if the tooth has cracked just before the surface of the gumline. Removing the tooth allows for space to heal. An implant is placed that feels and looks like a real tooth. This can help avoid infections and future root canals. This procedure can take the longest to heal as it needs healing time between the extraction and implant.
A chipped tooth is a common dental problem. Be sure to call Dr. Parekh & Associates in Alliston, Ontario for any issues, to take care of the problem as soon as possible!
– Dr. Azim Parekh, Dr. Parekh & Associates