People suffering from a chipped tooth should schedule a dental appointment since professional treatment is the only way to fix it permanently. It is important to immediately take certain steps after chipping a tooth to address pain and protect the tooth and inside of the mouth from further injury. According to the American Dental Association, people should rinse their mouth with warm water right away to clean it.
After rinsing, they should apply pressure to stop any bleeding and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. People should be sure to save any pieces of the chipped tooth and wrap them in wet gauze to bring to our dentist. While waiting to see our dentist, people can use over-the-counter pain medication to manage pain and discomfort.
Our dentist can diagnose a chipped tooth by visibly inspecting the patient’s mouth. They will also ask about any symptoms and the event that may have caused the chip. Sometimes, determining the extent of the damage can be difficult and may require the use of magnifying glasses, X-rays, or other tests.
The length of time it takes to repair a chip will depend on the extent of damage to the tooth. Our dentist will tell the patient how long they can expect their treatment to take during their consultation. In most cases, it only takes one office visit to fix a chipped tooth.
Cosmetic contouring is best for people with minor cosmetic problems like small chips. The patient’s enamel needs to be thick enough since cosmetic contouring removes one to two millimeters of enamel from the tooth’s surface. If the patient’s enamel is too thin, then we may suggest a different repair method.
Weakened teeth are more likely to chip than strong and healthy ones. Tooth decay and cavities are common factors that reduce tooth strength and make chips more likely to occur. Teeth grinding, eating acid-producing foods, and acid reflux can damage the tooth enamel and weaken it.
First, our dentist will take a mold of the patient’s tooth to create the veneer. Then, we will clean the patient’s tooth and use dental cement to bond the veneer to the tooth. An ultraviolet light hardens the cement quickly, and the patient can leave the office with their improved smile.