By Megha Josh DDS and Achyut Joshi DDS
September 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Chipped Tooth  

You just chipped your tooth, now what?

Before panic sets in know that our Moreno Valley dentists, Drs. Megha and Achyut Joshi can more often than not treat the underlying Chipped Toothissue and save the tooth from further damage. Of course, this means coming in for care as soon as the problem happens. Some people may only experience minor chips while others may have more serious ones. Find out how we handle different kinds of chipped teeth so you’re in the know.

What causes chipped teeth?

There are many possible causes for chipped teeth, from direct injury to the tooth to biting down on something hard (e.g. ice) to dental cavities.

What should I do if I have a chipped tooth?

If you discover that you chipped your tooth the first thing you should do is call our Moreno Valley general dentist to make an immediate appointment. In the meantime, there are things you can do to care for your damaged tooth:

  • Make sure to rinse out your mouth with warm water.
  • If bleeding is present, you can apply pressure to the area using sterile gauze.
  • If you are unable to see us the same day as your tooth injury you’ll want to protect the tooth from further damage until you can make it to our office.
  • If this chipped tooth is causing any discomfort you can take OTC painkillers like ibuprofen or apply a cold compress to the injured side of the face.

How will my dentist repair my tooth?

The extent of your treatment will depend on the severity of the chip. If the chip is small enough, sometimes all we have to do is smooth it away and polish the tooth. This is a quick and simple procedure that won’t require further treatment.

Those with more moderate damage to the tooth may need either dental bonding, a dental filling or a crown to protect the integrity of the rest of your tooth’s enamel. After all, a chip can continue to get worse if not properly cared for.

If the chip is large enough that the nerves of the tooth are exposed then a root canal treatment is most often needed to treat the infected or damaged nerve. After this procedure, a dental crown is often placed over the tooth to restore it.

Dealing with a chipped tooth? Don’t worry; the dental team at Megha Joshi DDS and Achyut Joshi DDS in Moreno Valley is here to help. Dental emergencies can be scary but we know exactly what to do to set your mind at ease.