Your teeth are among the strongest parts of your body, but they are not indestructible. Far from it! A fall, a collision, or any number of other accidents can result in a chipped or broken tooth. If it happens to you or a loved one, contact us at Dental Designs of Owensboro for emergency treatment right away.
If a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. It’s a serious matter, but if it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t usually require immediate attention. Even if there isn’t any pain, you’re probably going to feel some sharp edges with your tongue.
It’s important that you avoid that area when you chew, because chewing might chip it some more. We may be able to smooth out the chip and repair any damage with composite filling.
If your tooth is giving you pain, call us immediately. There could be a serious crack or fracture, with accompanying damage to the inside of the tooth. The sooner you get into the office, the better. In severe cases it is not always possible to save the tooth.
Things To Do Before The Dental Office
- Clean your mouth thoroughly with warm water, swishing gently
- Apply a cold compress to your face to minimize swelling
- Take a pain reliever with acetaminophen. Brands with acetaminophen include Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer Plus, and NyQuil, and there are many others.
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, take nothing for granted, even if there is no pain. At Dental Designs of Owensboro, we treat serious cases with emergency dentistry nearly every day. People from Henderson, Tell City IN, and Hartford also trust us with general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!