What can you do if you chipped your teeth?

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A chipped tooth is a common dental problem that can happen for various reasons, such as biting on something hard, falling or getting hit in the face, or having tooth decay or a large filling. A chipped tooth may not cause any pain or discomfort, but it can affect your appearance and oral health. Here are some steps you should take if you chip your tooth and how your dentist can fix it.

Step 1: Rinse your mouth with warm water

As soon as you notice that you have chipped your tooth, you should rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and remove any debris. This can also help prevent infection and inflammation1.

Step 2: Stop any bleeding and reduce swelling

If your chipped tooth is bleeding, you should apply pressure to the area with a clean gauze pad or a piece of cloth until the bleeding stops. You can also use a cold compress or an ice pack on the outside of your cheek or lip to reduce swelling and pain1.

Step 3: Save the broken piece if possible

If you can find the piece of the tooth that broke off, you should wrap it in wet gauze or a damp paper towel and bring it with you to the dentist. Your dentist may be able to reattach it to your tooth or use it as a guide for repairing your tooth1.

Step 4: See your dentist as soon as possible

You should see your dentist as soon as possible after chipping your tooth, even if it does not hurt or bother you. A chipped tooth can expose the inner layer of your tooth, called dentin, which is more sensitive and prone to decay than the outer layer, called enamel. A chipped tooth can also affect your bite and cause further damage to your tooth or surrounding teeth2.

How your dentist can fix your chipped tooth

Depending on the size and location of the chip, your dentist may use different methods to repair your chipped tooth. Some of the common options are:

A chipped tooth is not a dental emergency, but it should not be ignored either. By following these steps and seeing your dentist promptly, you can prevent complications and restore your smile.

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