What to Do for a Chipped Tooth

Posted December 21, 2017.

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you may have worried about getting immediate care. Accidents happen, and when they do, knowing what to do will alleviate a lot of anxiety and worry. Our blog post discusses what to do for a chipped tooth.There are many things that can cause a chipped tooth, such as eating something hard, using your teeth to open packages, (which we don’t recommend) or from an impact of some sort, such as with an object like a football or baseball. We care about more than just maintaining your oral health, but ensuring that if accidents happen, we can take care of them promptly, if needed at Madden Dental. When waiting to see Dr. Karisha Madden, there are some things you can do in the meantime.

Your dentist may recommend a few things to help reduce pain and swelling, such as taking an anti-inflammatory and rinsing your mouth with warm water; this helps remove food particles that can get stuck in the sharp ends of a cracked tooth. If your tooth has become sensitive to brush, because the chip or crack is close to the root of a tooth, you can try a mouthwash that may also help keep your teeth clean. If you are in more than average pain, the dentist may recommend using an ice pack, covered with a cloth, so as to prevent injury. The goal is to decrease pain and swelling, without irritating the nerve.

Once you can visit us, we may recommend a number of restorative procedures to consider, including:

– Bonding
– Veneers
– Crowns
– Dental Implants

Depending on how severe the chip or crack is, you may be able to get treatment immediately. Call us for more information on first aid for a chipped tooth in Bellaire, Texas, at (713) 667-8080.