I chipped a tooth. What can I do?

child-1100456_1280Chipping a tooth can completely ruin your day. Luckily there are steps that you can take to ensure that you get your beautiful smile back. Keep reading for the proper steps.

Put the chipped tooth in a plastic bag. You will want to keep the bag slightly moist so add a few drops of water to the inside of the bag.
If the chip left a large space in your mouth, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum in its place. This will prevent any bacteria or food from getting in there.
Make a dentist appointment. If it is a Sunday when most dentists are closed, leave a message and call first thing Monday morning. If it is during the week, many dentists accept emergency appointments.

“If the tooth isn’t broken across the nerve, the dentist can etch the enamel on both the good tooth and the tooth chip, use a light-cured adhesive and secure the chip to the tooth,” says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Paul Bussman, DMD, FAGD.

You can take numerous precautions to ensure that you do not chip your teeth, such as wearing a mouthguard and making sure that you are mindful of what you eat. Your dentist can even fit you for a sports mouthguard to ensure that you do not knock out a tooth while you playing sports.

If you do have a chipped tooth, give us a call. We will gladly assist you in taking the necessary steps to get your smile back to being shining and beautiful again in no time.

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