Chipped Tooth

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chipped_toothA chipped tooth might seem scary when it occurs, but it is normally nothing to worry about. If the part of the tooth broken off has not been swallowed, then it needs to be kept in a container or small Ziploc bag until the dentist can look at it to determine the best course of action.

How?
Teeth often chip because they are decayed. Decay can occur from not brushing and flossing properly, or it can happen because the tooth is old and not getting the vital nutrients it needs to survive. Teeth can also get chipped from getting hit in the mouth or by biting on something very hard like candy or ice. When the tooth chips, it probably won’t cause any pain. The person might not know the tooth is broken until the person looks in the mirror or runs the tongue across the surface of the tooth. However, if there is a large piece of the tooth broken, then the nerves could be exposed. Air and cold or hot foods can cause severe pain, and this would need to be examined as soon as possible by a place like an urgent care dentist.

What To Do?
There is nothing at home to do for a broken tooth. Some products on the shelf at pharmacies can help keep the broken tooth in place until a dentist can examine it, but the products are not a remedy. It is important to rinse the mouth with warm water, and if the tooth is bleeding, place a piece of gauze on the area until it stops. A cold pack can help relieve pain and swelling. Call the dentist as soon as possible so that the dentist can do an X-ray and try to get a filling in the tooth. A crown may be needed if there is a large piece of the tooth missing.

A Crack
While I was eating Thanksgiving dinner, I noticed a hard piece of bread in my roll. I didn’t think anything of it because it was made of wheat. I continued eating, and after dinner, I brushed my teeth. When I looked in my mouth, I noticed a piece of the side of my tooth was gone. It didn’t hurt, but it felt and looked very strange. I called the dentist the next morning, and he said that he could place a filling in the tooth. I decided to wait as long as possible because I dislike dentist greatly. I lived with a broken tooth for about six months until I finally got it filled.