You were trying to open a bottle with your teeth or crunching ice and all of a sudden you notice something hard in your teeth and you start to panic as you realize what it is-a piece of a cracked tooth. Sounds relatable?
Even if you have never experienced a dental emergency like this, probably you are aware of the limited strength of teeth enamel. Even though the teeth enamel is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in our body, there are several factors that daily test its toughness like biting down on something hard, falling etc. These all can lead to chipped or cracked tooth, but there is no need to panic because an emergency dentist in Sarnia can many things to fix it.
How to Care for a Broken or Chipped Tooth?
If your tooth is fractured, chipped or broken, then it is a dental emergency and you need to see your dentist in Sarnia as soon as possible. If left untreated, your tooth could get infected or further damaged, possibly causing you to lose the tooth.
In the meanwhile do the following:
Rinse your mouth with salt water. If you have the chipped or fractured part of the tooth with you, soak it in milk and visit the Sarnia emergency dental clinic at the earliest.
If there is blooding or break has caused a jagged or sharp edge then cover it with clean cotton ball or sugarless chewing gum to prevent it from cutting your tongue or inside of your cheek or lip.
Avoid eating or drinking, but if you must eat, then eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth.
Ultimately, treatment for a chipped or broken tooth will depend on how seriously it is damaged. If just a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can generally be accomplished in one simple visit to emergency dental clinic in Sarnia. However, a broken or badly damaged tooth will need a more lengthy and expensive procedure.
Ways a chipped or broken tooth may be repaired
- Dental Filling or Bonding
With a small piece of tooth enamel chipped off, your dentist may repair the damage with a filling. If a front tooth is damaged, or if the damaged tooth can be seen when you smile, a procedure called bonding must be implanted, in which a tooth colored composite resin is used.
- Dental Crown or Cap
If a large piece of a tooth breaks off, or tooth shows a serious amount of decay, the emergency dental procedure may involve filling away part of the remaining tooth and covering it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap, designed to protect the tooth and enhance its appearance.
So, if you or someone you love ever gets his tooth broken or chipped, worry not and visit Clearwater Family Dental in Sarnia. Dr. Rondinelli can fix it quickly and easily, repairing the functionality and appearance of the tooth without needing to replace it.