Broken & Chipped Tooth Repair in Parkersburg, WV
Contact Your Dentist Immediately if You Have a Broken Tooth
If you have cracked or chipped your tooth, see Dr. Hardesty as soon as possible. While broken teeth can be repaired, it is imperative that they are seen to immediately. This is because broken teeth are at a high risk of infection or further damage, and could cause you to lose your tooth entirely. Fortunately, there are many options available to repair broken or damaged teeth, so contact us as soon as possible.
Cracked Tooth - What Should I Do Before I See the Dentist?
The time in between cracking your tooth and having it seen by a dentist depends on a number of factors, but there are a few steps to take during that time. If you are experiencing pain, an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, is recommended. Rinsing with salt water can also help reduce pain and risk of infection. If the broken tooth has a jagged or sharp edge, covering it with a piece of paraffin wax or sugarless chewing gum can keep your tongue and gums safe from cuts. Eating is not recommended, however, if you need to chew, be sure not to bite down on the broken tooth.
Treatment for Broken or Chipped Teeth
Depending on how severe the breakage in your tooth is, Dr. Hardesty can perform a multitude of treatments that will make your smile as good as new! If only a small piece of enamel has been chipped off, one dentist visit is generally all it takes to repair. However, badly damaged teeth may require multiple visits. Here is a list of possible treatments that can repair broken or chipped teeth: