Emergency First Aid for a Chipped Tooth

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Accidents happen, and when they do, knowing what to do can help put your mind at ease and alleviate a lot of anxiety and worry. Learn about first aid for a chipped tooth, including when to see your dentist for further treatment.

You can chip a tooth for a benign reason, such as from eating an apple or hard candy. You can also chip a tooth from impact, such as from sports. Opening packages with your teeth can also result in a chipped tooth, especially if it’s hard. When circumstances out of your control happen, know you can count on the amazing dental team at Bo Macdonald DDS, who will take care of them promptly, if needed. However, if you can’t get in to see us immediately, there are some things you can do in the meantime.

To reduce pain and swelling, Dr. Bo Macdonald, may suggest rinsing your mouth with warm water, to help remove food particles that can get stuck in the jagged edges of a cracked tooth. We may even prescribe an anti-inflammatory or suggest an over-the-counter pain medication. You can also rinse with a mouthwash, to keep your teeth clean, if the tooth is sensitive to brushing. To further help with pain, the dentist may recommend using an ice pack, covered with a cloth. This can help decrease swelling, without irritating the nerve.

Once you come in, we can assess your situation and recommend a number of restorative treatments for you to consider, including:

– Bonding
– Veneers
– Crowns
– Dental Implants

A chipped tooth is never fun to deal with, and is a common issue, but it can be fixed, depending on your situation. Call us for more information on care for a chipped tooth in Los Angeles, California, at 310-954-3925.