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Chipped a Tooth? An Emergency Dentist Lists Down Some First-Aid Tips

By Gerald Regni, DMD on January 15, 2016

Teeth can chip or break for a number of reasons, and this includes everything from biting onto a hard piece of food to an accident that causes trauma to the mouth. Many people will know right away when they have chipped or cracked a tooth, and some may wonder if they need to contact an emergency dentist or if they can wait until they can get into their regular dentist for the next available appointment. Here are some first-aid tips you’ll need to follow to ensure that the damage on your tooth can be reduced.

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Assess the Damage

As a first step, take a moment to look at your tooth in the mirror. Look at how much of the tooth has been chipped, and determine if there is damage or trauma to the gum. Did the tooth get knocked loose, or is it still secure in the jaw? These are only a few of the signs to look for when you assess the damage in your mouth. If the trauma is significant or the tooth is the loose, you may need emergency dental services.

Consider the Pain

Pain is a major indicator of whether you should seek assistance from an emergency dentist. Some chipped teeth will not cause any pain, and you may barely be aware of the fact that the tooth has been damaged. Other chipped teeth will cause significant pain.

You may take over-the-counter painkillers to determine if that eases the pain, but take care not to put it in your gums. Applying ice can also help in easing the pain. However, when the pain is intense or excruciating, you may need to call an emergency dentist for assistance.

Don’t Lose Hope

A chipped or cracked tooth is an unfortunately common type of dental issue that many people will have to deal with at some point. While this can make you feel self-conscious and may make eating and speaking more difficult until the damage is repaired by a cosmetic dental professional, not all issues are true dental emergencies.

By assessing the damage and gauging your pain level, you can more easily determine how much damage has been done to the tooth and if you need emergency dental services from an emergency dentist in Philadelphia, like Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD.

Sources:

What to do for a Chipped Tooth, Crest

Fractured And Broken Teeth, Colgate Oral Care Center

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