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Imagine you are walking down the street and you find yourself falling flat down on your face. You crack a tooth. What should you do? A cracked or chipped tooth can happen anywhere, anytime. Don't be surprised if you are eating through dinner and suddenly you hear a crack inside your mouth only to find a piece of your tooth.
A cracked or chipped tooth can happen to anyone at the most unexpected moments. Here's what you can do if ever you land up in such a situation.
Save the Chipped Tooth
Don't swallow the chipped tooth. Using your tongue, carefully find the chipped piece and bring it out. You need to save it. If it is big enough, your dentist can put your tooth back together.
Put the chipped tooth piece back in a plastic bag. Ensure you wrap it around with some wet gauze so the piece is always moistened.
Until you visit the dentist, you must do all in your power to prevent an infection because that area is susceptible to bacteria. Throughout the day, wash your mouth with warm salt water and keep the area clean. You may want to avoid eating on the injured side.
Use Tooth Wax
Tooth or paraffin wax is perfect for a scenario where you chipped your tooth. Cover that area with the wax. It will help prevent food particles from collecting over there.
What should you eat?
When you have a chipped tooth, avoid eating tough food which you have to chew. It could further damage your tooth. Consider having soup or something soft like noodles.
Reduce the pain
If the tooth chip is causing you pain, here are a few ways to reduce it.
- Use ice to numb the area. Wrap ice or a frozen pea packet in a paper towel and press it against the side the tooth that got chipped.
- When you are brushing your teeth, brush the affected area lightly so as not to cause any inflammation or damage to the chipped tooth or exposed gums.
- If you are experiencing considerable pain from the chipped tooth, have a painkiller.
Get to the Dentist ASAP
Try to visit your dentist as soon as possible. The quicker you visit him/her after the incident, the better chance of your chipped tooth getting fixed.
A cracked or chipped tooth can be a new experience, but it is not one that should be taken lightly. There is no need to panic, your tooth hasn't shattered or fallen out. Just keep these steps in mind if you ever have to go through one.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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