Chipping your tooth is one of those accidents that everyone aims to avoid but sometimes just can’t help doing. Most people hate the sight of their own chipped teeth and will immediately make plans to see a dentist to get it fixed (unless they’re professional hockey players, in which case they wear it like a badge of honor).
If you have recently chipped a tooth, you may be wondering what you need to do. Ultimately, you need to go to a dentist, but as it turns out there are a series of steps that you can do immediately to help prevent further damage to the tooth and alleviate pain.
The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth out. Usually, when an individual chips their tooth, they get a chalky taste in their mouth which can be quite annoying. Rinsing your mouth out with water can get those fragments out and can help staunch any bleeding that may be occurring as well.
Next, consider taking a low dosage painkiller if it is painful. Remember that teeth do have nerves running through them, so often time when it is chipped, the tooth can be quite painful. Tylenol or other over-the-counter medications can help alleviate this pain.
You will also want to cover any part of the tooth that is jagged or sharp. Many dentists suggest using sugarless gum or wax paper in a little ball to help prevent that sharp edge from cutting another part of your mouth. Make sure to continue replacing whatever you use.
Beyond these fixes, make sure that you avoid eating food in that general area. If you can, use another part of your mouth to eat, as excess use on the chipped tooth could lead to further damage and more pain, which is exactly what you should be trying to avoid.
Contact Us for a Chipped Tooth
Finally, call your dentist! While a chipped tooth may not be grounds for an emergency appointment, you can set up an appointment immediately to get a procedure done, such as a filling, a crown, or veneer, to fix the chipped tooth. If you are in Battleground, Washington, contact us and we will use the best procedure to help with your chipped tooth!