There are quite a few ways you can chip your tooth. When you do it, is it a dental emergency? And once you've chipped a tooth, how should you handle it?
If you've chipped a tooth, the first thing you should do is clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water. Then you should apply a cold compress to your face to bring down swelling. After that's done, call a dentist.
There are a few options for fixing your chipped tooth. Dr. Hill can suggest the best one for your situation. The following is a list of some these options and a short explanation.
With a tooth-colored resin, your dentist carefully fills the chipped area. After the procedure is finished, the formerly-chipped tooth will look just like the other teeth.
For this technique, a minor amount of the enamel of the chipped tooth will be removed, reshaping the surface of the tooth and making it look as though nothing ever happened. This option is used for minor chips. This method isn't an option for deep chips.
Veneers are strong, thin shells which can be adhered to the front of your chipped tooth, concealing the damage, restoring the strength of the tooth as well as the appearance. Veneers also have the benefit of adding additional protection to the tooth that was chipped.
Crowns will address any damage by concealing the top of the tooth. Crowns are made to feel and look just like a natural tooth. It is essentially a cap in the form of a tooth that protects the tooth it covers from any additional damage.
Curious how someone can break their tooth to begin with? Here are some typical ways people manage to chip their teeth.
- Teeth grinding
- Using their teeth as a tool
- Chewing on anything hard
- Tooth decay
- Car accidents
- Chipped on a water fountain
- Chipped while undergoing intubation
Make sure to call Dr. Hill as soon as possible if you've chipped a tooth.