While you hopefully won’t have to deal with a chipped or broken tooth often, its best to be prepared and know what to do should this common dental injury take place in order to save the tooth and receive quick treatment.
The first thing that you should do when a tooth is chipped or broken is find any fragments that have broken off and save them. They will likely be able to be reattached to the tooth by having a dentist bond the fragment to the tooth. Be sure to get treatment immediately, within the first 12 or so hours of the injury, in order to have the best chances of reattaching any fragments.
Treatments for chipped or broken teeth can vary based on the severity of the break or chip. A partial pulp removal (pulpotomy) made be done if the inner pulp is exposed. Special cements and composite resin bonding can be used to reattach fragments and also restore the tooth’s appearance and function.
Chipped or broken teeth may ache or hurt depending on how much of the tooth’s inner surface is exposed due to the injury. Chipped or broken teeth will also likely be sensitive to hot and cold.
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