What Should I Do if I Have a Chipped Tooth?

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Many people, at one point or another, have chipped a tooth. This is not uncommon, though at times, it can be cause for concern, and other times, it’s simply a cosmetic imperfection that a person may wish to fix. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced New Jersey dental team to learn more about what to do if you have a chipped tooth and how we can help you.

What should I do if I have a chipped tooth?

If you chipped your tooth, it means that your tooth and mouth most likely sustained some kind of trauma, either from being hit with a ball, falling face-first, or otherwise. For this reason, after having your tooth chipped, you should consider seeking medical attention to help ensure everything is okay. From here, you should pay careful attention to your chipped tooth in the days or weeks following the injury. If you discover that you are unusually sensitive to hot or cold foods, or you otherwise experience significant pain in the tooth, you should see a dentist right away, as your tooth may be cracked without you realizing it.

That being said, if your tooth isn’t cracked and it isn’t causing you any pain, you may still wish to have the tooth restored cosmetically so that the chipped or broken tooth is no longer noticeable. For this, we will conduct a simple bonding procedure, and you should leave our office with your smile completely back to normal.

How does a bonding procedure work?

Essentially, teeth bonding is when a dentist uses a piece of composite resin made of plastic and uses it to repair and imperfections in the smile. The resin will simply be placed, molded, and polished to match the rest of your teeth. In most cases, a single tooth bonding can take as little as 30 minutes. That being said, after the procedure has concluded and you leave our office, you must ensure that you take good care of your teeth. This means not consuming foods/drinks that stain, such as coffee or wine, and staying away from tobacco products for several days after the procedure was completed to ensure the bond does not get stained. You should also be aware that bonds are not as strong as real teeth, so you should generally stay away from hard candies and other tough-to-chew foods.

Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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