Suddenly biting down a solid and form food, failing, taking a hit on the cheeks, tooth decay, these are some of the possible causes of having chipped tooth. If the chipped tooth happened to be in the visible area of the mouth, it can be embarrassing because it is not a pleasant sight. Just to add, depending on the degree of severity of the chip, a chipped tooth may expose the nerves inside and tooth sensitivity may be developed. This is always characterized by feeling a sharp pain in the gums or tooth whenever eating or drinking something hot or cold. When having a chipped tooth, it is always better to visit a dental professional as soon as possible to know the possible method of restoring the tooth.
Here are some of the steps that you should do before going to a dental professional.
- If the tooth is bleeding, rinse the mouth with lukewarm water to clean it of the tooth debris. Then you put rolled gauze into the affected area and mildly bite the gauze to stop the bleeding. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes before the bleeding stops.
- In case the chipped tooth broke away cleanly, clean and save the chipped part, some of the dentists re-adhere them temporarily.
- In case there is pain, taking over-the –counter pain killer helps in reliving the pain. If there is swelling, a cold compress should be placed in the area for at least 30 minutes. There are over the counter dental cements available like Dentemp nowadays, this can be used to temporarily cover the tooth thus preventing exposure of the tooth sensitivity and nerves.
- If the dental cement is unavailable and a visit to a dentist would have to wait and the chipped part is small, it is advisable to file the chipped tooth with an emery board. This is not recommended on large chips because there is the risk of exposing the nerves ending of the tooth. I can visit the dentist to fix my chipped tooth in case the tooth is too damaged.