Have you ever bit into something, then heard a loud crack or a crunch? Has your tooth been broken by trauma-caused by falling or a blow to the face? Your enamel—the outermost layer of your teeth—is the hardest tissue in the body, it is also fairly brittle. This can lead to cracked teeth, which can lead to infections and similar complications. If you crack or chip a tooth, we recommend calling your dentist immediately, but here are a few things you can do in the meantime.
For a minor chip, we recommend seeing your dentist soon. They can usually repair the chip in one visit. They may recommend this repair to restore the function and comfort of your smile, or simply prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged..
If your tooth hurts, we recommend starting with over-the-counter painkillers. You can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. If your tooth is jagged, we recommend covering it with chewing gum or with wax paraffin. Otherwise, your chipped tooth my cut your tongue, lip, or gums. Please avoid chewing on your broken tooth, and if necessary, eat soft foods.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon!