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Though teeth are extremely strong, they are vulnerable to chips and cracks from poor dental habits, tooth decay, and dental habits. In this case, you should visit the dental as soon as possible even if you don’t feel pain. However, if you can’t receive dental treatment immediately, these are a few tips to deliver first aid to a chipped tooth:

– Rinse any bacteria, blood, or debris from your mouth with warm water.
– Gently press gauze against the tooth to minimize any bleeding.
– Place an ice pack on your lips or outer cheek to reduce swelling.
– Use drugstore dental cement, dental wax, or chewing gum to temporarily cover and protect the injury.
– Reduce discomfort with pain relievers.

Once you are able to receive dental treatment, we evaluate the severity of the dental injury. A small chipping may be treated by smoothing and polishing the chipped area.

If the chip is of a more medium size, there may be some damage to the tooth enamel, and you may need a dental filling or crown to prevent infection and restore your tooth’s appearance and bite ability.

If the tooth nerve has been exposed, root canal treatment may be needed to repair tooth nerve damage and then cover the tooth with a dental crown. In very serious cases, the tooth may need to be extracted.

By becoming familiar with the first aid of a chipped tooth, you can better care for your teeth. Please feel free to call Russel R. Jacinto, DMD at 818-296-0185 if you have questions about tooth chipping prevention and would like to speak with our dentist, Dr. Russel R. Jacinto.