Chip a Tooth? Relax! It Can Be Repaired
You can chip your tooth from hard candy, ice, or getting hit in the mouth. It’s a sickening feeling, but it happens to the best of us. It’s not the end of the world, but you’ll need to see a dentist as quickly as possible. Chipped tooth repair can fix the tooth so that it looks and functions like a normal healthy tooth.
It is important to have the tooth treated by your Cincinnati dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk infection and more of the tooth may break off. In the meantime, try rinsing with salt water and take over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol to relieve any discomfort.
If only a small part of the tooth is chipped, your dentist may choose to repair it with a filling. If the tooth is obviously visible when you smile, he or she may choose to do a procedure known as dental bonding, which uses tooth-colored resin to repair the tooth.
If a large enough piece of the tooth has broken off, you may need a crown. This usually involves grinding or filling away the remaining tooth and covering it with a permanent cap. In some cases, extra filling may be required to hold up the cap.