Tooth chips often happen when biting down on hard food, or when you are struck in the face while playing sports. And while a chipped tooth is unpleasant and can be scary, don’t panic!
With a few simple steps, you can save your tooth, restore your smile, and get back to your day-to-day routine quickly after experiencing this dental emergency. Read on for more details, or call (508) 829-4575 to schedule an emergency appointment at Khanani Dental now.
First, you should try to recover your tooth fragments, if you can. This may not be practical in some situations, like if you were injured while playing sports on a grassy field, or it’s otherwise hard to locate the fragments.
But if you can, it’s a good idea to recover these fragments. Dr. Khanani may be able to bond them back into place to restore your tooth. Put these fragments in a small container of milk to keep them moist until you can see your dentist in Holden.
Next, rinse out your mouth with lukewarm water. Be gentle. You will probably experience some pain and discomfort, but rinsing your mouth helps get rid of dirt, food particles, and any other debris that may be present around the chipped tooth, and is essential for keeping it clean and healthy.
Next, give our team a call at (508) 829-4575. Khanani Family Dental offers same-day appointments throughout Holden. Dr. Khanani always keeps space in his schedule to treat patients who need emergency care.
The sooner you get care, the more likely it is that Dr. Khanani can save your tooth. Immediate care also helps you eliminate your pain, get back to your normal routine, and prevents further complications.
If your mouth is bleeding, you can use clean gauze, a paper towel, or a cotton ball to absorb blood. Apply gentle, even pressure to slow the flow of blood. Pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain medicine such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Applying an ice pack to the outside of the mouth will also help numb the area and keep you comfortable until your appointment with Dr. Khanani.
Once you have treated your pain and discomfort and it’s time for your appointment, head to our office. At your consultation, Dr. Khanani will assess the chip, determine the extent of the damage, and recommend the proper treatment for your condition.
Depending on the situation, he may recommend dental bonding to re-attach the tooth fragments, or he may choose a porcelain veneer or a dental crown to repair your tooth.
When it comes to a dental emergency like a chipped tooth, time is of the essence. So don’t wait. If you’ve chipped your tooth in Holden, our team is standing by to help. Contact us now at (508) 829-4575 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khanani and get the help you need.