What Should You Do When You Chip a Tooth?

There are many factors that can cause an individual to chip a tooth whether eating hard food, being involved in a slip and fall accident, using teeth to open a package or bottle, or otherwise. Regardless of how the chip occurs, they all have one common outcome – pain, and often some feelings of embarrassment. Luckily, your dentist can provide simple solutions suited to your needs to bring your teeth back to normal, including fillings, bondings, and more. 

Once the accident occurs, it is very important to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. When calling, let the receptionist know the specific details of the incident so they can be well prepared. While it’s necessary that you visit your dentist, the steps you take between the initial accident and the appointment are just as critical.

Apply Pressure 

If you notice bleeding of any extent from the tooth or mouth, you should immediately apply pressure to the area. Please note that it is most sanitary to use clean gauze or a cotton pad to do this. 

Apply Ice or a Cold Compress 

If you’re experiencing mouth pain from the chipping, apply ice to the outside of your mouth where you chipped the tooth. This will help relieve any pressure and should reduce swelling/pain.

Rinse Your Mouth With Salt Water

It’s important to first rinse your mouth, as blood, food debris and other bacteria can linger and cause potential infection. By rinsing your mouth with warm salt water, you will not only reduce the pain from the accident but also lower the probability of infection.

Pain Medication for Severe Pain

If you are still experiencing severe pain after taking these initial steps, taking over the counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatories can help such as ibuprofen or any Advil type medications. However, it is important to make sure you don’t take more than the recommended dose. 

Until you are able to see your dentist, we recommend eating strictly soft foods or liquids. This will help prevent further chipping as well as keep the pain in your mouth at a low level. If you are in need of an appointment to fix a chipped tooth, contact us today.