Having your tooth chipped due to an accident or while chewing something hard, is unfortunate but don’t worry, at Gupta Dental Care, the expert team with Dr. Abhishek Gupta (Chief Dentist & HOD of Dental Care Department) has the expertise to treat and repair the broken, chipped or missing tooth.
"Although the enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest tissue in the body, its strength has limits. Accidental injury or biting down on something hard-- particularly if a tooth already has some decay, can cause a tooth to chip or break. Over many years of experience, we have seen patients coming to Gupta Dental Care with chipped tooth.", says Dr. Abhishek Gupta.
Chipped Tooth Self Care
If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.Chipped tooth shall be considered as Dental emergency.
While waiting to see your dentist about a chipped tooth, consider taking these measures:
- Take Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain medicine.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to keep infection at bay and reduce pain.
- Stick a piece of sugarless gum or some paraffin over any sharp edges to keep you from cutting your cheek or tongue on the protrusion.
- Try not to bite on anything. If you have to eat, try mashed potatoes, a smoothie or other soft foods.
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth depends on how severely it is damaged. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy procedure.
Dental Filling or Bonding
If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, the damage may be repaired with a Dental Filling. A filling can sometimes work to solve a problem with damaged tooth enamel. If the results will be highly visible -- like on a front tooth -- the dentist may instead choose dental bonding.
Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin and usually doesn’t even require numbing. The dentist simply etches the tooth surface with a liquid to roughen it up a bit so the material will adhere, then an adhesive is applied. After that, the bonding material itself is added. Once it is properly shaped by a dentist, the bonded material looks just like a natural tooth. It is hardened under an ultraviolet light and can be used normally almost immediately.
Dental Cap or Crown
If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, the best option may be have the dentist grind away part of what remains and place a tooth shaped cap or crown over it to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. This tooth-shaped cap looks like a normal tooth and protects what remains of the tooth. Such a crown can be made of metal, porcelain-coated metal, resin or ceramic . Each has its own benefits, but all-metal crowns are the strongest. Porcelain and resin crowns can look identical to real teeth, however. If a great deal of the tooth is missing, a pin or post can be placed in the tooth over which the dentist can build up a structure to hold a crown.
Veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that cover the entire front surface of the tooth. Usually used on front teeth, these can cover naturally imperfect teeth or cover repair work from a chipped or broken tooth that does not have a pleasing appearance.