Breaking or chipping a tooth, as minor at may sound, can easily cause people to go into a tailspin. Although the enamel that covers teeth is by far the densest mineralized tissue in the human body, it is not indestructible. WebMD reports on measures to be taken when the unthinkable happens and you’re standing there tooth in hand wondering which way to the nearest Philadelphia emergency dentist.
A bad fall, a blow to the face, or even biting down on an ice cube can cause a tooth to break or chip, especially if the tooth is in some stage of decay. Remember not to panic and make your way to a dental clinic immediately.
If you’re about to leave home and you’re experiencing pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen, and then rinse your mouth with salt water. If the break caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of sugarless gum to prevent it from lacerating your lip or cheek. If you have to eat, stick to soft foods that won’t require much chewing.
Once you get to the clinic
If only a small piece of the tooth was chipped off, a skilled dentist like Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD can repair it in one visit with dental filling or bonding. If a front tooth needs work, a skilled emergency dentist in Philadelphia will most likely use a tooth-colored resin to glue the tooth back in place.
Dental Cap or Crown
This typically takes two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gum and make room for a crown. Next, a putty-like material is used to make impressions of the tooth receiving the crown as well as the one it bites down on. The impressions are sent to a lab where the crown is made and then installed.
If a front tooth is broken or chipped, a dental veneer can make it look complete again. A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material that covers the whole front of the tooth (the same way a false nail is attached to a fingernail).
(Article Excerpt and Image from “Repairing a Chipped or Broken Tooth?”, WebMD)