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Essential Tips for Handling Broken and Chipped Teeth

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Human teeth are exceptionally strong, but they can still chip, fracture, or crack. Chewing hard foods, using your teeth to open bottles, and playing sports without a mouth guard can result in a broken or chipped tooth that is painful and makes you feel self-conscious. When a tooth is injured, it’s important to know how to prevent further damage. You should see your dentist in Thorndale as soon as possible to improve your chances of saving a broken or chipped tooth. The following tips can help you manage the situation until you can obtain professional treatment.

Understanding Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Teeth

The enamel covering the outer portion of your teeth protects the sensitive inner pulp that contains their nerves and blood vessels. Fractured and chipped teeth can leave the pulp vulnerable. A fractured tooth may hurt when you chew, especially when the crack extends to the root. Minor fractures are common, and they sometimes go unnoticed if they don’t produce symptoms. Broken or chipped teeth are more serious. If a large piece of your tooth breaks away, the nerve becomes exposed, so hot or cold foods and beverages, air, and even saliva can produce severe pain.

Tips for Handling a Chipped Tooth

  • Save all broken pieces of your tooth. If you are eating when the tooth is broken, spit the contents of your mouth into a napkin, and pick out the tooth fragments. Rinse them with water, but be careful not to lose them; place a towel in the sink to prevent them from going down the drain.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to clean it and help prevent infection.
  • If you need immediate pain relief, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • To stop bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze for about 10 minutes.
  • Use sugarless gum or paraffin wax to cover any sharp tooth edges.
  • If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face.

Find an Affordable Dentist to Repair Your Chipped Tooth

Several options are available to repair broken teeth. These include dental fillings or bonding, crowns, veneers, and root canals. See an affordable dentist as soon as possible for the best results.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Thorndale, call Gentle Dental of Thorndale today at (610) 590-1798 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Thorndale. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Thorndale, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Thorndale.

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