Normally, teeth are hard and strong, but they can sometimes chip or break. This can happen due to several reasons. For instance, biting down on a hard substance, being hit in the face or mouth, falling down, having cavities which weaken the tooth, having large, old amalgam fillings and many more.
A broken or chipped tooth may be painful or slightly irritating. Extreme discomfort is also experienced when the broken or chipped tooth is exposed to air, or too hot and cold foods and drinks.
In case of a broken or chipped tooth, one should immediately consult the dentist and in the meanwhile also take some easy steps to reduce the discomfort. Here we are giving some tips to deal with broken and chipped tooth and we’re also talking about the dentist treatments which are necessary to fix this problem.
Quick Tips for Dealing with Broken or Chipped Tooth
The first thing which you need to do after having your tooth broken or chipped is to consult your dentist, but until then, you can take these easy steps for lessening discomfort and pain.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Apply a bit of pressure with a piece of gauze on bleeding areas until the bleeding stops. If this doesn’t work, use a tea bag with pressure on the area to stop bleeding.
- Try applying a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will reduce the swelling and pain.
- Cover the part of the tooth that is in your mouth with temporary dental cement which is easily available at drugstores.
- Take a pain-reliever.
Dental Treatments for Dealing with Broken or Chipped Tooth
Dental Filling and Bonding
For a minor break, you may only need a filling to get it repaired. If it is a front tooth then your dentist will use a tooth-colored composite resin called bonding to repair your teeth.
This is a simple procedure and doesn’t usually require the numbing of the tooth.
Crowns are a common restorative treatment for broken or chipped teeth. Permanent crowns are made of materials like porcelain, ceramic, metal, porcelain fused to metal, or resin. However, this as dental crowns need to be perfectly made of the required size, it may be a slightly long procedure and you will have to pay a couple of visits to your dentist.
The root canal treatment is a must in case the crack in a tooth extends into the pulp. If you experience tooth sensitivity, pain, and swelling, then you will be treated with the root canal treatment. This treatment involves removing the nerve and decayed tooth matter.
Dental veneers are usually used if the front teeth is broken or damaged. This treatment is much effective and provides great results. A veneer is a resin composite material or tooth-colored porcelain which is placed on the front of the broken or chipped tooth for hiding the break and transforming the appearance of the tooth.
A broken tooth cannot be mended if it extends below the gum line. In such a case, dental implantation is done. The broken tooth is extracted and replaced by an artificial dental implant. This procedure takes several months as your bone around the titanium frame needs to heal. Once completed, the artificial dental implant is securely placed in your jawbone and looks completely natural.
As we’ve repeatedly said, visiting your dentist after you get your tooth chipped or broken is very important. Oral health is something that should not be taken lightly.
At Stephen’s General Dentistry in Muskogee, you can get expert advice and professional treatments for all your dental problems. You can easily book your appointment online or call us at (918) 683-2010 for a consultation.