Our teeth often come into contact with hard objects during the course of our everyday lives, through accidentally biting something that is too hard such as a bone or pip, falling over, or walking into a door. It may be tempting to ignore minor chips, but fixing the problem quickly can save a lot of time and trouble in the long run. Follow these guidelines and you may be able to minimize the permanent damage done to your teeth. If you’re looking for tips, more tips here
This might seem like a minor issue, especially if the chip is small. However, it is possible for bacteria to grow inside the chip or crack in the tooth. In addition, the damaged tooth may become worse over time. What started out as a simple chip may develop into a much bigger problem. As soon as your tooth becomes chipped it is a good idea to make a dental appointment. Your dentist will be able to smooth down the rough edges of your tooth or have the tooth filled if necessary and the procedure will take just a few minutes.
Collect teeth fragments
It is important to make sure that you collect any fragments of your teeth and store them, either in a clean container, or between your gum and cheek. If you use a container, cover the fragments with saliva or milk if available and keep the container sealed until you are able to see your dentist.
What to do if you break a Molar
If one of your Molars is broken, it is essential that you make an appointment to see your dentist immediately. In many cases, it may be possible for the dentist to repair the tooth with a filling or a cap, which is a fairly simple procedure. However, if the network of nerves and blood vessels at the centre of the tooth have become exposed, a root canal may be required. After the damaged tissue has been removed from the center of your tooth, the cavity will be filled and the tooth capped with a ceramic crown.
If your tooth is knocked out and you still have the tooth
It is essential that a knocked out tooth is replaced as soon as possible to maximize the chances of saving it. If you still have the tooth, holding the crown carefully rinse off any dirt with milk and then re-insert the tooth back into the gum. Make sure you re-insert the tooth the right way round. Then place a clean folded handkerchief over the tooth and gently bite down on it. Make an emergency appointment to see your dentist immediately. There is a good change the tooth will be able to re-attach itself if the cells on its root survive, but since the nerve and blood vessels will not repair themselves, a future root canal treatment is inevitable if the tooth is saved. If you cannot get the tooth back into the socket with gentle pressure, do not force it. Simply place the tooth between your cheek and gum and seek an emergency dental appointment. If a young child has had a tooth knocked out, store the tooth in a container of milk instead to avoid the danger of the child swallowing the tooth. Your dentist may splint the tooth to the neighbouring teeth to hold it firmly in place while it heals. The splint will normally be made from a piece of wire and you will need to wear it for at least a week. Your dentist should tell you exactly how long to leave the splint on for, and if any follow up treatment is required.