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What to Do if You Accidentally Chip a Tooth

Posted on 9/10/2019 by Mark Bieber
What to Do if You Accidentally Chip a ToothAnyone who has ever damaged a tooth knows that feeling when you first realize what has happened. Whether you were playing a game of backyard football, were involved in an auto accident, or simply bit into some food that was too hard, the outcome is the same: surprise, not a small amount of discomfort, and anxiety about what happens next.

If you have accidentally chipped one of your teeth, you need to take immediate steps to help prevent the damage from becoming worse. Here are the things you need to do.

Protect the Tooth

First and foremost, you should take steps to make sure that you do not damage the tooth further. Some chips are very minor and unlikely to lead to further injury; however, some chips can be severe enough that the strength of the tooth could be compromised. This means the tooth could be subject to further damage if you do not act to protect it.

For one thing, you want to be sure that you do not continue to use the tooth. Take care to avoid chewing hard or crunchy food with it. You might even want to consider getting something such as a pliable mouthguard to wear when you are sleeping—thus avoiding the unpleasant possibility of grinding your teeth and exacerbating the problem.

Come See Us Right Away
There are a number of different repair options. The one that will be the best one for you will vary depending on the extent of the damage, the strength of your teeth, and other factors. To this end, you should be sure to let us know about the tooth as soon as you can. We'll be happy to talk with you, take a look at the affected tooth, and help you determine what your next step should be.

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