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How Should I Handle a Chipped Tooth? | Our Dental Blog



How Should I Handle a Chipped Tooth?

Dec 10 2019

There are lots of ways your tooth can be chipped. What should you do when you have a chipped tooth?

The first action to take is to use warm water to rinse your mouth. You should then apply a cold compress to the face to bring down any swelling. And, for the most important step, contact a dentist.

You have various options when it comes to repairing your chipped tooth. Dr. Sato will be able to recommend the best solution for your particular situation. Here is a list of some of these options, including a brief overview.

Dental Bonding

Your dentist carefully fills the area that was chipped with a special resin colored like natural teeth. Afterward, the tooth that was chipped will look no different than the rest of your teeth.

Cosmetic Tooth Reshaping

For this technique, a minor amount of the enamel of the tooth that was chipped will be removed, and the surface will be smoothed, eliminating any sign that the tooth was ever damaged. Tooth reshaping is used for shallow chips and isn't an option if the chip is deep.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are slim, strong coverings which can be bonded with the front of the teeth, concealing any damage, improving the appearance and restoring the strength of the tooth. Veneers also add additional protection to the tooth.

Dental Crowns

Made to visibly and physically resemble normal teeth, dental crowns will hide the damage by concealing the top of your tooth. A crown is essentially a cap in the form of a tooth that protects the tooth from any additional damage.

Wondering about how someone can break their tooth to begin with? Here are a few common ways people chip their teeth.

  • Chewing something hard
  • As a side-effect of tooth decay
  • Tearing something with their teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Using water fountains
  • Undergoing intubation
  • Broken in a car accident

Be sure to call our office as soon as you are able if you've recently chipped a tooth, or know someone who has.


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