What To Do When You Have A Chipped Tooth

It isn’t good when you rub your tongue along your teeth and feel an empty space where there shouldn’t be one. This could only mean you have chipped a tooth. Teeth, along with many other parts of the body, have limits to their strength. What do you do when your tooth becomes chipped, broken, or possibly fractured?

The best first step is to call your dentist and set up an appointment. If you wait or take too long, your tooth can become even more damaged and possibly infected. If these two occur, you are increasing the likelihood of having to lose your tooth completely.

While you are waiting to be seen by your dentist, take pain medicine to lower the discomfort you are feeling. You can also rinse your mouth with salt water.

If the break has caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum. this will help prevent it from cutting your cheeks or tongue.

If you must eat, avoid biting down on the side with the broken tooth.

Your dentist, when assessing your tooth, will know the proper treatment for it such as filling or bonding. If you want more information on these treatment techniques, read more in our other blogs!

If you or a member of your family is looking for a dentist in the Lowcountry area, Progressive Family Dentistry would love to schedule an appointment with you!

Our Office Hours & Address:

Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Saturday: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Sunday: Closed​

Our Location: 100 Harth Place, Summerville, SC 29485

After Hours? Don't Panic! Were Only A Phone Call Away!

Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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