I Think I Chipped My Tooth – What do I Do?

Your teeth are some of your most valuable possessions, whether you realize it or not. They affect your ability to speak, to eat, and the way that you feel about yourself. As a result, it is important that you take care of them. However, good oral hygiene can’t prevent an occasional accident, such as a chipped tooth. If you think you have chipped your tooth, you will probably wonder what you should do about it. There are a few options you’ll have to choose from and some things to consider; it is important to know what these options and considerations are. First, you’ll need to figure out exactly what happened. Sometimes a strong impact or biting down on something hard can hurt but not actually chip a tooth. If you can clearly see the tooth in question, examine it. See if it looks as though part of the tooth is missing or damaged. It can help to feel the tooth with your tongue – jagged or sharp edges that weren’t there before are tell-tale signs of a chipped tooth. If your tooth is chipped, then the next step is to set up an appointment with your dentist. You probably won’t be able to have an appointment on the same day, so plan on dealing with a chipped tooth for a while. Since the nerves are exposed, your tooth will probably be sensitive to cold and heat. Try to avoid eating on the side of your mouth where the tooth in question is, even if you’re not experiencing pain or discomfort. If you are in pain, over-the-counter pain relievers or even oral numbing gel could help in relieving discomfort. Fortunately, most people discover that a chipped tooth involves little or no pain after the initial chip. It is up to you to decide whether or not to set up an appointment with a dentist when you chip a tooth. Many people in this situation choose not to. However, be aware that a chipped tooth can cause many problems, especially if it has sharp edges. In most cases, a dentist will be able to repair the tooth quickly and restore your mouth to its proper shape. It won’t take much effort on his or her part and will not cause you much discomfort. Because of these advantages, it would be good for you to visit your dentist if you chip a tooth.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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