While it doesn’t exactly happen to everyone, many people experience a chipped or cracked tooth at some point in their lives. It’s a frustrating and stressful experience. But this kind of damage can be repaired in several ways, depending on what happened and the extent of the damage. If something has happened and one or more of your teeth has been damaged, contact our team at Brighton Dental in San Diego. We can ease any pain and make the tooth look like it did before the incident – or better.
What To Do At Home For A Chipped Tooth
A chipped or cracked tooth may not hurt at all – or may cause only minor discomfort. If you find your damaged tooth is giving you problems, take action. Some of the things you can do include:
- Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. For most people, Tylenol is the safest and most effective choice.
- Rinsing your mouth frequently with salt water. A teaspoon of ordinary table salt in a cup of warm water creates a soothing solution that not only reduces pain but can help keep away infections.
- Covering any sharp edges with sugarless gum or paraffin. This will keep you from cutting your tongue or cheek – and products are available at drugstores that you can use for this purpose as well.
- Avoiding biting, especially in that area. If you need to eat before you can come see Dr. Woods and have trouble with regular foods because of the cracked or chipped tooth, try eating mashed potatoes, a smoothie or similar soft foods.
How We Can Repair A Chipped Tooth
When you have a chipped or cracked tooth, there are several different repair options, but not all work in every case. Here are some restoration techniques we may suggest to you:
- A filling. In some cases, a composite filling over one or two surfaces may be all that’s necessary to repair the damage.
- Dental bonding. Like a filling in many ways, dental bonding is better for highly visible teeth and involves repairing the tooth with a resin that matches the translucency and overall look of the tooth better than composite filling material.
- A crown. If a tooth is decayed, broken off or cracked, a crown may be the best option. Dr. Woods can grind away the damage, then put a new crown on the tooth to make it look and function normally – and a crown can help hold together a cracked tooth.
- Enamel shaping. The simplest of all restorations, enamel shaping involves grinding away a chip to smooth and contour the tooth and make it look better and feel better too – but this won’t restore the original appearance and won’t work on big areas of damage.
- When a tooth has been damaged and repaired, a veneer can be placed over its surface to restore the smooth, natural appearance people expect to see – and since veneers are wafer-thin, they don’t interfere with speaking or eating.
You Can’t Always Prevent A Broken Tooth
It’s great if you can avoid damaging your tooth by not biting down on hard candy or ice and staying out of accidents, but things happen. We understand that. There’s no reason to be worried or embarrassed if you’re chipped, cracked or broken a tooth. The Brighton Dental team are gentle dental experts who can restore beauty and full function to your damaged smile.
Read more about this topic on our Chipped and Cracked Teeth page – and contact us if you have any sort of problem with your mouth or teeth. We have solutions for every dental and oral health problem, including chipped and cracked teeth.