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Broken or Chipped Teeth

Immediate Attention: A Broken Tooth Demands Care

Do you have a broken tooth or teeth? If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.

Self-Care Measures: Easing Discomfort

In the meantime, try the following self-care measures. If the tooth is painful, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Rinse your mouth with salt water. If the break has caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from cutting the inside of your lip or cheek.

Preventing Additional Harm: Temporary Solutions

If you must eat, eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth. Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy and costly procedure.

Dental Intervention: Professional Repair

Here are some ways your dentist may repair your broken or chipped tooth. If you have a cracked or broken tooth please call our office at Sweetwater Dentistry in Fairhope, AL as soon as possible, 251-550-7770, or you can visit our website at www.sweetwatersmile.com and request your appointment!