So You Chipped Your Tooth—Now What?
Before you do anything else, don’t panic! There are tried-and-true methods that you can use to fix your chipped-tooth situation. Just stay calm, take a deep breath, and follow the instructions below. They’ll help you minimize the damage to your tooth and the rest of your mouth, and they’ll help you with the pain and the confusion. Just remember that everything will be okay.What Steps Should You Take?
Your dentist will obviously have other strategies to use when you schedule an appointment with him or her, but this is what you can do in the meantime:
1. First, get warm salt-water and gargle it. This will prevent any infections from forming in your cracked or chipped tooth.
2. If you’ve chipped your tooth so badly that you’re bleeding, you should place gauze over the area and apply gentle pressure for about 10 minutes. The bleeding should stop then, but if it doesn’t, you should put ice on your jaw near the chipped tooth to shrink the blood vessels. You should stop bleeding soon after that (visit an emergency dental clinic if you don’t).
3. Cover any sharp, cracked edges with wax or something else soft and clean until you can get to the dentist. You don’t want to accidentally cut any part of your mouth and make the situation worse.
4. If pieces of the tooth fell elsewhere, you need to save them in case the dentist can reattach them. If they fell in your mouth, you should rinse your mouth with water and spit them into a container. Spitting slowly prevents any bleeding areas from reopening, and it ensures that you don’t accidentally spit the pieces across the room and lose them.
5. Take a pain reliever if you’re in pain and you notice swelling around the injured area.
6. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she may be able to reattach the pieces, and even if that’s not possible, your dentist will be able to fix the problem in other ways. He or she may extract the tooth, give it a filling, or fit it with a crown if reattaching the natural parts of the tooth is not possible.Have a Chipped Tooth? Contact Us!
If you’ve chipped your tooth and you need a dentist to call, Azarko Dental has flexible hours for emergency dental and is ready to help! Our experienced dentists will use state-of-the-art techniques to restore your tooth. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!