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How to Treat a Chipped Tooth

Published June 16, 2021 10:00 pm

So you chipped a tooth. Don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world, and it may not be the end of your tooth! In this blog post, we’ll let you know how to treat a chipped tooth.

Immediate Care

Your reaction after chipping a tooth will depend on the severity of the break. You may need to take over-the-counter pain medication to deal with any resulting pain. If the tooth edge is jagged, you can use paraffin wax or sugarless gum to cover the area. And most importantly, call the dentist.

Treating a Chipped Tooth

The type of procedure the situation requires will vary depending on how much the tooth has been affected. A small chip to the enamel will usually be addressed with a filling or bonding, depending on the location of the tooth. With a larger piece, or if decay is involved, the dentist will more likely opt for a dental cap or crown. If a front tooth suffers a significant break, a veneer will be the best voice to restore the beauty of your smile. In a worst case scenario, the dentist may suggest a root canal.

Emergency Dental

While there are plenty of solutions to a chipped tooth, urgency is key to achieving the best possible outcome. If you chip a tooth, give our office a call right away. We’ll be able to talk you through anything you need to do, and get a treatment room ready for you if necessary.

Restorative Dentistry & More in Gypsum, Colorado

Here at Altitude Family Dental, we are here to meet all your dental needs, however urgent! If you think you have a tooth that needs attention, we’re just a call away. Feel free to give us a call with any lingering dental questions. And while you’re at it, book your next visit with us, too!

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