Treating a chipped tooth is something that you cannot do at home. Your tooth will not heal on its own. There are no over-the-counter treatments available to bond your existing tooth and the chipped piece. Rather, it is best to schedule a consultation with a professional dentist. At Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch, we can provide you with the immediate help you need. Our dentists are trained to treat a variety of different dental emergencies and can help recommend many different strategies and options for you to treat a chipped tooth. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Is Treating a Chipped Tooth an Emergency?
One of the most common questions people have about dental emergencies is when they should come in for a chipped tooth. The sooner you come in, the better. There are a few areas of concern when dealing with a chipped tooth. First, we want to ensure the chipped tooth can be replaced onto the broken area if possible. The sooner we do this, the more likely it is to remain in place consistently. Second, we want to ensure that there is no risk of infection.
What Can A Dentist Do About a Chipped Tooth?
Every situation is different. The type of treatment we can offer depends on factors such as the location of the chipped tooth, the extent of the damage, the severity of pain or discomfort, and how much it is impacting your ability to eat, sleep, and chew. Here are some treatment options we may offer:
- Tooth reattachment, where we will bond the existing chipped tooth back onto the tooth
- Dental bonding application, where we will use composite resin or porcelain to cement to the surface of the tooth to reshape the tooth’s structure
- Porcelain veneer attachment, which is designed to cover up the damage
- Dental Onlay procedures for more extensive treatment
- Tooth extraction procedures to later insert a dental implant
Which option will we use for you? The most common way to treat a chipped tooth is to simply reattach the broken portion to the tooth. If you have the piece, store it in milk to help minimize the damage to it. Bring it in with you for your appointment. We will try to do this if it is the best option for you in the long term.
Keep in mind that the cause of the damage matters, too. For example, if you have significant tooth decay that led to the tooth chipping or cracking, you may need more advanced care. Our periodontal dental procedures may be able to minimize this ongoing problem. If there is another underlying concern, we will do everything we can to fix it for you.
Even if you are not sure what is happening, schedule a consultation with our team. Let us help you to restore your smile and your oral health.
Let Our Team Help You Fast at Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch
We provide a range of options for treating a chipped tooth, and we are confident we can help you get the smile you desire. All you have to do is call Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch at 832.662.3059 for an appointment. Our team will give you instructions on how to handle the chip as well as when to come in. Often, same-day procedures are available for emergency situations. Let us take a closer look at your dental health needs.