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Do Chipped Teeth Heal?

We’ve all been there – noticing a tiny chip in a tooth and wondering if it will just smooth itself out over time, especially if it’s a small chip. Well, here’s the truth: unlike some cuts on your skin, chipped teeth don’t heal on their own.

Now, many people avoid getting treatments for minor chips, hoping they’ll just somehow disappear. But waiting can lead to bigger problems down the line, potentially requiring more complex (and expensive) procedures. This underlines the importance of seeking professional treatment as soon as possible.

Will a Chipped Tooth Heal by Itself?

Minor tooth scratches or scrapes might heal on their own if you’re properly brushing your teeth and consuming a diet that is rich in minerals. However, a chipped tooth with a missing piece won’t magically grow back.

So, there’s no need to wait for the pain to schedule a dental appointment. Because even if it doesn’t hurt now, a chipped tooth is more likely to break further or get infected.

How to Handle a Chipped Tooth?

Here’s how you can handle a chipped tooth:

Call Your Dentist ASAP

A chipped tooth can lead to bigger problems, so don’t wait and call your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will get you in quickly to address the issue.

Home Care While You Wait

  • Saltwater Rinse: This helps kill bacteria and reduce pain and swelling.
  • Pain Relief: OTC pain relievers can manage discomfort.
  • Chew from the Other Side: Use the opposite side of your mouth to avoid further damage.
  • Soft Food Diet: Eat only soft food items until your next appointment.
  • Elevated Sleep: Prop your head up at night to minimize excruciating pain.

Treatment Options

The dentist will examine you quickly to check your tooth. Once they make sure you’re comfortable and take a look inside your mouth, they’ll come up with a special treatment to heal your chipped tooth, including:

  • Dental Bonding: For small chips, a tooth-colored resin can be used to “glue” back the missing piece.
  • Veneer: A thin shell covers the front of your tooth, hiding the chip.
  • Crown: For larger breaks, a crown covers the entire tooth above the gum line.

How to Prevent a Chipped Tooth?

You can’t always prevent a dental emergency, but you can reduce your risk of a chipped tooth by taking these precautions:

  • Brush and floss regularly: A good oral hygiene routine keeps your teeth strong.
  • See your dentist regularly: Regular checkups help spot problems early.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools: Open packages with scissors, not your teeth.
  • Skip the hard stuff: Don’t chew on ice, pens, or other hard objects.
  • Protect your teeth while playing sports: Wear a mouthguard if you play sports.
  • Guard against nighttime grinding: A nightguard can protect your teeth from clenching and grinding.

Ending Note

If you notice a chip in your tooth and want to consult a professional, please contact Brenham Family Dental. We’re happy to help you find the best solution. Call us today at (979) 421-9685.

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