Though teeth are usually remarkably strong, they can also become chipped after a physical impact or after simply biting down into an apple the wrong way. Teeth can be more susceptible to chipping if they are weakened by a cavity or if they have an old and poorly fitted amalgam filling. A chipped tooth, even if the chip seems minimal, requires emergency dental care at an Edmonton dental clinic.
Though a small tooth chip might not even cause any pain, a large chip can result in some pain and discomfort when the sensitive dentin or nerve inside of the tooth becomes exposed. It's important to have a tooth chip checked out by an Edmonton dentist to prevent any further tooth breakage or infection.
Steps to Take When You Chip a Tooth
Though you should try to act quickly, there's no need to panic if you chip a tooth. Just stay calm and take the following steps:
- Rinse your mouth with some warm salt water to protect against infection.
- If there is any bleeding, apply gentle pressure to the area with a piece of gauze. A wet tea bag can help stop the bleeding as well.
- Apply a cold pack to your cheek to help reduce any potential swelling.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen for any pain, if needed.
- Try to see your Edmonton dentist as soon as possible.
- If you will not be able to visit an Edmonton dental clinic anytime soon but you do have access to a pharmacy, then buy some temporary dental cement to cover the chip.
What Your Edmonton Dentist Will Do
Your Edmonton dentist will suggest different treatments depending on the severity of the chip. Minor tooth chips might not need any sort of treatment beyond a polishing to smooth out any jagged edges. A large chip or a chip that exposes the tooth's dentin will often be fixed with dental bonding, a tooth-coloured filling that can restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. In some cases, your dentist may choose to fix the chipped tooth with a crown or an onlay instead, especially if it seems like the tooth's structural integrity may be affected.
A very large chip can sometimes expose the nerve of a tooth, causing it to bleed and resulting in severe pain. In such cases, your dentist will likely perform a root canal in order to prevent any future infection inside of the tooth's dental pulp. After the root canal, a crown will be used to seal the tooth off and restore its appearance and function.
At Azarko Dental Group, we provide comprehensive dental services in Edmonton, including emergency dental care. If you chip a tooth, then don't hesitate to call our emergency dental clinic in West Edmonton. Our emergency dental staff is here to provide you with quick treatment for any dental emergency, seven days a week.