Chipped Tooth? Act Fast to Get Your Smile Back
Jagged smiles are created every day. An impact at just the right angle can easily cause a chipped tooth. Front teeth are especially at risk of injury from impact because of their location. Back teeth are often chipped by hard foods like ice, hard candy, and hidden bones. Enamel that covers the edges of your teeth is brittle and can sliver off with impact. The damage caused by a chipped tooth varies. If only the enamel is affected, it will look unsightly but feel fine. When dentin is involved, you may experience sensitivity. If there is visible redness inside the chipped tooth, the tooth’s nerve chamber may be exposed.
Should I Call the Dentist?
It’s always best to see your dentist when any type of tooth injury occurs. A crack may be running through your tooth without causing obvious symptoms, but it could be a serious problem in the future. X-rays can determine if the root of the tooth has suffered damage. You may not need to rush if you are not in distress, but be watchful for signs of infection or abscesses such as swelling, pain, foul odors, or bad tastes.
How to Relieve the Discomfort of a Chipped Tooth
If a jagged portion of your chipped tooth is causing irritation, cover it with dental wax or sugar-free gum. Don’t try to file a tooth down yourself. If you experience pain, try applying a small amount of clove oil. Minor injuries may not require diet changes, but avoid chewing hard foods with the injured tooth as this can increase the damage.
What Can I Do to Prevent Chipped Teeth?
If you play sports, use a mouth guard; you can buy the boil-and-bite variety in drugstores, or ask a dentist for a custom-molded one. When you’re eating, try to avoid hard foods like ice, popcorn kernels, and anything that requires excessive force to chew. Unfortunately, you can’t prevent all accidents. It’s important to find an affordable dentist you can call for emergency treatment of a chipped tooth, so you can get your smile back as quickly as possible.
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.
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