Understanding Your Options for Treating and Repairing a Chipped Tooth

In many cases, a chipped tooth doesn’t cause pain. This makes many people with a chipped tooth ignore the problem. Unfortunately, the chipped tooth enamel offers the ideal area for the bacteria in your mouth to exploit it and harbor tooth decay.

For this reason alone, you should never ignore a chipped tooth. It’s always a good idea to have our [practice_name] team examine the chipped tooth so we can determine the best way to repair it.

The chip in the enamel could very easily develop into a cavity. Sometimes, the chip can be repaired with a simple filling. A significant chip might need to be restored with a dental crown. If you have multiple teeth in your smile with minor chips, you might be interested in having your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], restore your smile with custom dental veneers.

If the chipped tooth includes significant pain or sensitivity, there might be a more serious problem. These symptoms often mean that the damage caused by the chip has penetrated into the internal structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, our [practice_name] team might need to perform a root canal to repair the tooth.

If you have one or more chipped teeth in [city], [state], that you would like to have addressed, you should call [practice_name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment.

Recovering from a Root Canal

When you go in for a root canal, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and replace it with medicated material. After the procedure, your tooth will need a few days to fully recover. To help your mouth heal comfortably and quickly, our team at [practice_name] suggests the following:

– Don’t eat until the numbness wears off: Chewing with a numb mouth increases your chances of biting your cheek or tongue, resulting in further discomfort.

– Be gentle with your temporary filler: Fully restoring a tooth after a root canal may take more than one visit to the dentist. If this is the case, and you leave your first appointment with a temporary filler, take extra precautions because temporary fillers can be dislodged. Don’t bite down on the tooth or brush it vigorously until it has received a permanent filler.

– Maintain excellent oral hygiene: Your tooth will heal much faster if it doesn’t have to battle food particles or plaque. Good oral hygiene will also reduce your risk of needing more root canals in the future.

– Talk to your dentist about potential concerns: If you experience severe pain or pressure for more than a few days, contact your dentist. Other issues may be an uneven bite, visible swelling inside or outside the mouth, or an allergic reaction.

If you’re considering a root canal in [city], [state], contact [practice_name] at [phone]. Our dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], provides root canal therapy and is more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your endodontic needs. We look forward to meeting you!