A chipped tooth is a common occurrence. You can chip a tooth when you bite down on something hard like hard candy or ice, or by getting hit in the mouth during an athletic event. Chipped teeth can also occur for other reasons, especially if the any area is decayed or has suffered other damage. Minor chips may not cause any pain, but if the damage extends deep enough to expose the nerve, you might feel pain, especially when you chew, or eat or drink something hot or cold. We are available and will work to get you the relief you need.
Even small chips need to be treated because they can lead to more serious damage or allow decay to develop in hard-to-reach areas. Until you can reach our office, you can try some first aid techniques for your chipped tooth. These can relieve discomfort and reduce the risk of infection or decay. First, rinse your mouth with warm water to flush the area. Then, apply gauze and pressure to stop any bleeding. If you are unable to reach our office right away, use a tooth repair kit to protect the sharp edge with dental cement. This is only a temporary option and is not designed for long-term repair of the tooth.
At your appointment, we will evaluate the injury and determine the best treatment based on the extent of the damage. A minor chip can often be repaired with enamel contouring. This is a procedure in which the chipped area is simply smoothed and polished. If the damage is too large to be contoured, you might need dental bonding, which is done using the same material as a tooth-colored filling. This resin matches the color of the tooth for aesthetic results, and it restores the look, size, shape, and function of the tooth.
If the chipped tooth has suffered more severe damage that extends deeper than the enamel layer, you will likely need a root canal. This treatment is used to remove the pulp, or soft tissues, inside the tooth. The tooth is then restored with a porcelain crown. Call our office today to learn more about restoring a chipped tooth or to schedule your appointment with our emergency dentist.
Some of the major insurances we accept are displayed to the right, however, we gladly accept ALL PPO Insurance plans and are a Delta Dental Premier provider.
We will gladly help you to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services.
Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Please contact our office or call your insurance carrier should you have any questions.
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