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What to Do When You Chip a Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be scary, bothersome, and even painful. What if the chip is very small? Is it something you should worry about, even if it doesn’t hurt? A lot of people experience very minor chips from accidents around the house or from biting down on something accidentally. Knowing what to do next is important and can protect your smile.

If chips are small, you can have your dentist smooth them out. Small chips may only be 1-1.5mm, but to your tongue they will feel 5 times the size. The sharpness can bother your lips and cheeks, even cutting them at times. Smoothing out these extremely small chips is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes. In most cases your dentist does not even need to use anesthesia!

Moderate chips in the teeth may require a small tooth-colored restoration to restore the appearance of the tooth. Depending on where the chip occurred, some areas are easier to repair than others.

When teeth chip large enough that you can recover the portion of tooth that has broken off, bring it to your dentist. To keep it hydrated, place it in a small amount of saline solution or milk. Your dentist may be able to bond the enamel back into place. If damage is too severe, you may need a larger restoration placed over the tooth to protect it from infection.

When in doubt, always call your dentist. That’s what they are there for! If your injury causes any tooth discoloration, swelling, or lip lacerations you can call your dentist instead of going to the emergency room.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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