Find out what you should do if you end up having to deal with a chipped tooth.
You were so excited about your game that you completely forgot to put your mouthguard in. Of course, someone checked you right in the face and injured your tooth. Now you are faced with a chipped tooth. What should you do? First and foremost, you need to visit our Pearl River, NY, area dentist in Sparkill, Dr. Thomas Williams, just to be on the safe side.
A chipped tooth can sometimes cause pain, which may be your first indication that something is wrong; however, dental pain isn’t always present. How our Pearl River area general dentist will treat your chipped tooth will depend on the severity and size of the chip.
Minor Dental Chips
If you only have a very small chip in your tooth, then we may be able to get away with just smoothing out the chip to even out the shape of your tooth. If it’s small enough, this may be the only treatment necessary. In some situations, we may also combine tooth reshaping with dental bonding, in which we rebuild and reshape the tooth using a tooth-colored material.
Moderate Dental Chips
If there is a bit more extensive damage to the tooth, then we will need to determine whether a dental filling or crown may be necessary in order to fully restore the tooth. If the chip isn’t that large, a dental filling may be all that’s needed to preserve the tooth. If the chip is a bit more widespread, getting a dental crown to cover the whole tooth may be a better option for protecting the tooth in the long run.
Severe Dental Chips
If the chip is deep enough to reveal the nerves of the tooth (in many cases this will lead to a toothache or sensitivity), then a root canal procedure will often be necessary to remove the infected or inflamed nerve. After a root canal, we will decide whether a dental crown or a filling will need to be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
A damaged tooth should always get the proper treatment. Call Dedicated Dental Services in Sparkill, NY and serving the Sparkill, Orangetown, Orangeburg, Old Tappan and Pearl River areas today if you are dealing with a chipped or cracked tooth.