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Do You Need An Emergency Dentist for your Chipped Tooth?

There are several things you can do in an emergency if you get a chipped tooth. You should try to go to the dentist within 2-3 hours from when the accident occurred.

By going to the dentist quickly in an emergency, often the chipped tooth can be saved, infection can be prevented, and the need for extensive dental treatment can be reduced.

There are a few options that the dentist has in repairing a chipped tooth in an emergency. The dentist can smooth minor chips or restore the tooth with a composite filling. The chipped tooth may need a full permanent crown to protect it from further breakage and tooth loss.

If you cannot get to a dentist right away with your chipped tooth in an emergency, first you should stop any bleeding by applying direct gentle pressure to the gums.

If it is an upper tooth, apply pressure to the gums above the chipped tooth. If it is a lower tooth, apply pressure to the gums below the chipped tooth. Do not press directly on the chipped tooth.

When the bleeding has stopped, you should rinse out your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the area of the chipped tooth to reduce swelling. Contact your dentist as soon as possible in an emergency.

If you find the pieces of the chipped tooth, keep them protected and clean and take them with you when you go to the dentist. The pieces of your chipped tooth may be able to be cemented back together.

To avoid further aggravation caused by a chipped tooth in an emergency, place a piece of soft wax into the area of your chipped tooth. You can also try over-the-counter filling material like Dentemp or Tempanol.

If you need to eat before visiting your dentist, eat only soft foods. Avoid eating on the side of your mouth where you have the chipped tooth. Also, avoid any food or drink that are either hot or cold. Anything that goes into your mouth when you have a chipped tooth should only be lukewarm.

If you are in pain, do not take aspirin or aspirin substitutes when you have a chipped tooth in an emergency. These products can slow clotting. Instead, try ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve).

Of course, if you are allergic to any of these suggested medications, or if you are taking any other medications that could negatively interact with these medications, do not take them. Follow instructions on the bottle and your doctor’s instructions.

The idea is to do everything in your power to make it so that if you are in an emergency and you have a chipped tooth, by the time you are able to visit your dentist the chipped tooth and the area around the chipped tooth will not be bothering you. If your chipped tooth is bothering you when you go to the dentist, it is more difficult for the dentist to treat you comfortably.

Hopefully these tips will protect you from infection, pain, and expensive repairs if you get a chipped tooth and you are in an emergency where you cannot immediately visit your dentist.