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What would you do if you chipped your tooth? Hopefully, you would contact your dentist as quickly as possible. Your dentist will be able to provide you with specific advice and will be able to repair the damage. But, what should you do while you’re on your way to the dentist? Or even worse, what can you do if you can’t get to a dentist for a few hours—or even a few days? To help you respond to this situation, we’re happy to give you a few tips on what you—and your dentist—might be able to do to help.

If your tooth hurts, we recommend starting with over-the-counter painkillers. You can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. If your tooth is jagged, we try covering it with chewing gum or wax paraffin. Otherwise, your chipped tooth my cut your tongue, lip, or gums. Please avoid chewing on your broken tooth, and if necessary, eat only soft foods.

Your dentist can normally repair a minor chip in only one visit. Dentists typically recommend this repair to restore the function and comfort of your smile, or simply to prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do for a damaged tooth, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are excited to hear from you!