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How to Care for a Chipped or Broken Tooth

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You’re crunching on a hard candy, you took a tumble to the face, or tripped. Your child’s mouth is aching, or their tooth feels abnormal, and you then realize a piece of the tooth is broken.

A chipped or broken tooth is not something to get worked up over, although it’s not something to panic over, it can still be very important that you know what to do.

If your tooth is chipped or broken, you should go see your dentist as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. In the meantime, follow these self-care recommendations:

  • Stay calm and assess the damage.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water to clean the area.
  • Avoiding eating hard foods and do not bite into anything hard.

Based on the severity of your chipped or broken tooth can vary on which treatment is best for you. If your tooth has a slight chip, a simple repair at the dentist office should be enough. If your tooth is more severely damaged, may require a more lengthy and serious procedure. Here are some procedures your dentist may do or your dentist may refer you to a specialist to do:

  • Dental filling or Bonding
  • Dental Cap or Crown
  • Dental Veneers
  • Root Canal Therapy

If you’re unsure about the severity of your tooth, please call! Dr. Gallo can recommend what type of treatment is right for you.

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