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What Do I Do if I Chip a Tooth?

When chipping a tooth, you will only feel pain if the chip exposes the nerves in the inner layer of the tooth. If the nerve is exposed inside a tooth, you may experience increased tooth sensitivity or pain when chewing. A chip on the pointed chewing surfaces on the back teeth is commonly referred to as a “broken cusp,” and is rarely painful. However, it is advised to have this examined by a professional at Lindner Dental as you may need a crown to restore the shape of the tooth.

What are the Causes of a Chipped Tooth?

The most common causes of a chipped tooth include:

  • Falling & injuring your mouth
  • Biting on hard candy, food or a bone
  • Suffering trauma to the face from an accident or sports related injury
  • Cavities which can weaken the tooth

At-Home Care for a Chipped Tooth

If you have a chipped tooth, it’s best to make an appointment with the professionals at Lindner Dental. In the meantime, follow the steps below:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • If there is bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a gauze
  • Cover the chipped tooth with dental cement until you see a dentist

Professional Care for a Chipped Tooth

In cases where it’s a small chip, no additional treatment will be needed. Generally, the chipped tooth will be smoothed and polished. When minor damage affects the tooth enamel, you will need a filling, crown or cap to cover the chipped tooth. This will also protected the inner layers of the teeth from infection. When the tooth nerve is exposed, you will need a root canal to remove the damaged nerve.

Contact Lindner Dental at 603.944.9196 to book an appointment for your chipped tooth!