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What to do if you chipped your tooth

By June 18, 2024No Comments
Chipped Tooth

What to do if you chipped your tooth

Have you heard that dreaded crunch while enjoying your favorite meal? Chipping a tooth can be an alarming and painful experience, but knowing the right steps to take can help you manage the situation effectively. Whether it’s from biting down on something hard, an accident, or a sports injury, here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do if you chip your tooth. 

1. Assess the Damage 

The first step after chipping a tooth is to stay calm and assess the inflicted area. The damage can range from a minor chip to being knocked out completely. Examine the surrounding area for bleeding or further damage. 

2. Rinse Your Mouth 

It is important to reduce the risk of infection, especially if it’s a more severe crack. The best way to do that is to gently rinse your mouth with warm water. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with gauze or a clean cloth. 

3. Preserve the Tooth  

Whether it is just a small fragment, or the entire tooth it is important to preserve it. Just like your mouth, rinse it with water. Then store it and  keep it in a clean container . Depending on how it broke, your dentist may be able to reattach it. 

4. Call Your Dentist 

Contact your dentist as soon as possible. They may recommend products like dental wax or instruct you to preserve the tooth in a specific way. They will also most likely recommend pain management. If the incident occurs outside of regular office hours, many dentists have emergency contact numbers or services.  

 

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