When your tooth is chipped or cracked, you should see your Redmond, OR, dentist. After all, even minor cracks or chips could increase the risk of serious complications, ranging from decay to infection. In today’s blog, we look at how we repair a tooth, and why damage should never be ignored!
The Causes and Dangers of Damaged Teeth
The enamel coating our teeth is the strongest substance in the human body, which means it is designed to safeguard the smile against injury and poor oral health. However, if you were to damage your teeth and a crack or chip appears, then this could compromise your enamel and allow bacteria access to the sensitive inner portions of dentin and even the pulp, your tooth’s nerve center! As a result, cavities and even dental infections could develop unless we repair your tooth in a timely manner.
Responding to Your Injury
Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water and then take a pain reliever to ease discomfort. Next, try to recover any missing pieces of your tooth so you can bring them to the office. A piece of cloth or a bit of gauze could help control any bleeding, and an ice pack or cold compress against the side of your face could stop swelling. Contact our team so we can schedule an appointment quickly. Know that during your visit, every member of our team will follow strict safety protocols, which includes regularly washing our hands and cleaning/disinfecting surfaces throughout the office on a frequent basis.
If you have a minor chip in your tooth, then we will likely offer repair in a single visit with cosmetic dental bonding, which uses the same metal-free material employed in our tooth-colored fillings. We shade the material to match the color of surrounding structure. For patients with more severe damage, then a crown may be the right choice. We often create them in a single visit, and a crown covers the visible portions of your smile and helps prevent further injury to the tooth. We also take steps to help ensure a lifelike appearance. To help prevent further injury, be sure you wear a mouthguard when you play sports, and also avoid hard foods like ice or popcorn kernels. If you have any questions about treating emergency issues, or if you have an injured tooth that needs attention, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
Unless treated, even minor injuries could mean serious problems for the health and function of your smile. Fortunately, we can help, and sometimes in as little as one visit! To learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.