What to do when a tooth chips

A chipped tooth is a common dental emergency that requires the assistance of a dentist in order to be fixed. What do you do when a tooth chips, as there may be some time between the incident and getting an appointment? Aggravating the tooth may worsen the chip, so it’s vital to know how to handle the affected tooth.

There are a few steps you can take to ease your pain, as well as make sure that the chip doesn’t get worse.

Take action

Whether the chipped tooth is at the back of your mouth, or front and centre, it is equally important to have it checked out and fixed. Most people only feel compelled to fix visible chips, but a chip on a back tooth can result in a cavity and eventually the decaying of the entire tooth.

Book an appointment immediately so that a qualified dentist can ascertain the degree of medical intervention needed.

Having dental insurance for these types of emergencies can really save you money and put you at ease when booking an appointment. You don’t need to worry about the exorbitant cost of dental procedures, so you are free to call the dentist anytime you need to.

Don’t panic

The treatment for a chipped tooth can vary between needing fillings, veneers, or a crown to having a full-on root canal surgery.

It all depends on the severity of the chip, but do not work yourself up. Most chips can be fixed.

Protect the chip

If the chip is quite deep, any contact, whether it is from hot or cold food and drink, or even your tongue, can be extremely painful. An exposed tooth is sensitive. Cover the chip with wax or gum, to protect it. In the meantime, use an over-the-counter pain killer if necessary.

If you need to eat something (if your appointment can only be made for the next day) be sure to eat warm food that is soft and easily chewed and swallowed.

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