If you chip, break or fracture a tooth, visit Peters Creek Dentistry as soon as possible. Sometimes these situations occur outside of normal office hours, so we offer emergency and after-office services for immediate chipped tooth repair. If you’re a current patient and have a dental emergency, please call us at (540) 562-4001.
It’s important to seek immediate treatment for a chipped or broken tooth because, left untreated, it can become more damaged and may become infected. An infected tooth can lead to more serious health concerns and the possibility that you may lose the tooth.
If you chip a tooth and cannot get to a dentist right away, there are a few steps you can take at home to help:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to limit infection risk
- Don’t bite down on a broken or chipped tooth and only consume soft foods or liquids
- If the chipped tooth has a sharp, jagged edge, cover it with wax paraffin or a piece of sugarless chewing gum to protect your mouth
Once you can come into our office, we have a few methods for fixing a chipped tooth. We can apply a filling or bonding to the tooth to repair the damage. These options retain the look of your natural teeth.
In some cases, we may apply a dental veneer, which is better for a front tooth that is chipped or broken since the veneers help your tooth look healthy and flawless.
In severe cases, tooth extraction may be required, and you may need to consider a dental implant for chipped tooth replacement.