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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.
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”