Alright, we did a quick, funny little video, but no teeth were harmed in the filming! Although we made light of the situation chipping your tooth is no joking matter. You can do things to help prevent the pain from getting worse, saving your tooth, and knowing what may happen later.
Using the methods below may not prevent your tooth from chipping, but you'll know what to do if it does fracture.
Whatever you do, don't throw away the tooth! It may not be salvageable, but maybe it will be. There is always a chance that we can bond the broken portion back on, or if it's the entire tooth that came out we may be able to put it back into the area that it came out from.
If you broke your tooth or it is out completely, bring it in a plastic bag as soon as possible. Ideally, the bag will have liquid in it as close to your saliva as possible. We recommend milk or saline solution. I'm sure you have a saline solution just lying around!
Coming in as soon as possible seems pretty self-obvious, but it’s so important. The longer you wait, the less chance of a good prognosis. If your tooth has a minimal fracture, it may not matter, but if your tooth has a large break, it is loose or came out fully, then time is of the essence.
There is a wide range of possibilities when you traumatize your tooth or teeth. If it's just a small chip, you may be lucky, and nothing will happen. If you hit it hard, it may be loose and will likely need to be splinted in place and need a root canal before the tooth turns dark.
If you need a root canal, there is also a good chance you will need a crown in the future depending on what tooth was damaged.
If you chipped your tooth, come in as soon as possible. We will take some X-Rays and do vitality tests on the teeth to make sure they are doing fine. You may need just a little bonding, or you may need a root canal with a crown. There is also the possibility the tooth cannot be saved if the fracture has gone too deep.
Either way, come in ASAP and bring whatever portion of the tooth you can find in a saline type solution.
As always, thank you for reading, and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know at [email protected] and type "Question for Dr. Nate" in the title. Also, if you are in the Allen TX area, come in and say hi!
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