Is a chipped tooth a dental emergency? Chipped teeth don’t usually require immediate attention, but they do need to be repaired right away. Even if a chip is small and it doesn’t hurt, it’s essential that you come see us as soon as possible so we can keep the damage from getting worse and requiring a more extensive treatment.
How you should handle a chipped tooth: If you chip a tooth, rinse out your mouth with water to wash away any leftover fragments of your tooth. You can apply a cold compress to your mouth and take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you are experiencing discomfort or swelling. Avoid chewing or biting with the tooth until it has been treated. If needed, cover any sharp edges with sugarless gum or dental wax.
How we treat chipped teeth: Chipped teeth are typically quick, easy, and inexpensive to treat as long as you come seen us soon. Many times, we can fill in the damaged area and restore the appearance of your tooth with the same tooth-colored composite resin we use for fillings. If you’ve chipped a front tooth, you may want to consider a veneer for optimal aesthetics.