You may have broken or chipped your tooth due to an accident, sports injury, or other reason at one point in your life. If it doesn't hurt, you might entertain the thought of just letting it remain chipped without repairing it.
The problem with this is that you might be setting yourself up for costly and painful dentistry somewhere down the line.
The worst part is that by the time you start feeling pain and feel concerned, it's too late, and infection or decay has likely taken hold. At this point, you may need a root canal to save the tooth.
At Clarkson Dental Group, we work hard to keep all your original teeth intact and healthy, so we recommend that patients see us right away after an accident so we can examine your dental health for abnormalities.
Chipped Teeth Can Get Worse
It's not uncommon to chip or break a tooth; it can happen as easily as biting down on something hard. Repairing your broken tooth, even if there is no pain, is important if we want to save your tooth.
Until you can see Dr. Scott Mahlin and his dental team, you can rinse your mouth gently with warm salt-water and take over-the-counter pain medicine to keep inflammation and infection low. Sometimes, a chipped tooth can have a sharp edge that can cut your tongue, lips, or cheek. If this happens, cover the broken tooth with dental wax or sugar-free gum to keep it safe. Eat soft foods and avoid biting with the tooth until you come to see us.
Dental Bonding to Fix Chips and Cracks
If your chip or crack is minor, we can use composite resin to fill in the cracks. Your cosmetic dentist can shape the resin material so that it looks and feels like your natural tooth, and the crack is no longer visible. If the crack is extensive, we may recommend a dental crown to cover the entire tooth.
Dental bonding is a quick and easy cosmetic dental procedure that restores tooth function.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, call your Chesterfield, MO dental office today so we can improve your smile and allow you to eat and bite down like normal.