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What to Do If You Get a Crack or Chip in Your Tooth

Just when you are enjoying a meal, you feel something give way, or a hear a nasty crunching sound. Gradually, you realize the horrid truth, that you have a crack or chip in your tooth. Even though your teeth are covered with a layer of hard, protective tooth enamel, they are not impervious to damage, and especially if a tooth already has signs of decay and is weakened. The first thing to do is not to panic because Margolian Dentistry can help you! It is best to get in touch with our dental practice to make an appointment to see an emergency dentist in Ajax as soon as you can.

In the meantime, if the tooth is painful then take over the counter painkillers and rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water solution can help. If the tooth has a jagged edge, then you can try covering it up with a small piece of sugar-free chewing gum. When eating, avoid chewing or biting down on the broken tooth.

Why You Should Seek Dental Care as Soon as You Can
When you damage any tooth, it is essential to see a dentist in Whitby as soon as possible, even if the damage seems very minor. Any chip in your tooth enamel exposes the dentin which is just underneath, and is much softer and more easily damaged. If you don’t get a tooth mended, then that small chip in your tooth could become much worse because infection-causing bacteria can get inside the tooth. Even cracks in teeth will open when you bite down, and it is crucial to protect the tooth.

Getting a Chip in Your Tooth Mended
Our dentist can assess the damage to your tooth and will recommend the most suitable treatment. If only a tiny piece of tooth has chipped off, it may be possible to repair the damage by bonding the tooth or placing a small filling. Dental bonding is a straightforward process using tooth-coloured composite resin so that once your tooth is mended, it will look as good as new. To bond your tooth, the surface is first etched with a special gel which helps to roughen it slightly, increasing the bond between your tooth and the composite resin. Next, the composite resin is applied and hardened using a blue light. Treatment is completed by shaping and polishing the restoration, so it looks just like your natural tooth. Tooth coloured fillings are placed similarly, using composite resin. Fillings for mending larger cavities in back teeth might be made from porcelain which is much stronger and more durable.

Mending a More Severely Damaged Tooth
If a substantial part of your tooth has broken off, or if the tooth crumbled away because of a large cavity already inside the tooth, then you might need a dental crown. Sometimes when the top of the tooth is entirely broken off, then root canal therapy is needed to place a post inside the tooth before crowning it, ensuring it has enough strength to support the crown. We can make your permanent crown from a variety of different materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic or same-day crowns in Oshawa are a very popular solution because they look great once fitted.

Whatever the damage to your tooth, there is always a solution, but the sooner you seek treatment, the better the chance of preserving more of your natural tooth which is always our preference!


Aug 3, 2018 | Posted by
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