How to Fix a Chipped Front Tooth
A chipped front tooth is a common dental emergency that can be caused by a blow to the mouth, falling down, or biting on something hard.
If your child experiences a chipped tooth, you should visit a dentist instead of trying to repair it yourself. A dentist can fix the tooth and the pain that comes with it.
What Should I Do if My Child Has a Chipped Front Tooth?
You should never try to fix a chipped tooth on your own. If your child has tooth decay within the chipped tooth, you could make the problem much worse by causing an infection.
Your first step should be to call the dentist for an appointment right away. If you can’t get your child to the dentist right away, there are a few things you can do at home to keep your child comfortable:
- Have your child take an over the counter pain reliever (always follow the directions unless otherwise told by the dentist).
- Rinse your child’s mouth with salt water.
- Cover the jagged edge with sugarless gum or dental wax.
- Give your child soft foods and tell them to avoid biting down on the cracked tooth.
Dental Solutions to Fixing a Chipped Front Tooth
At the dental appointment, your child's dentist will examine the chipped tooth and determine the level of damage. Depending on how severe the damage is, the dentist may be able to fix the tooth in just one visit.
Below are four common solutions that a dentist may recommend for fixing a chipped front tooth:
- Bonding—Your dentist might suggest this process for smaller, less complicated chips. The procedure does not require anesthesia (numbing medicine) and is usually performed in an hour or less.
- Veneers—If you have a more severe crack, veneers are a great option. They are porcelain covers that produce a smooth, natural look on the front of your child’s teeth.
- Crowns—Similar to veneers, crowns are porcelain covers. However, a crown shields the entire tooth. Crowns are great for a child that has lost a large portion of his or her original tooth.
- Dental Implants—If your child’s tooth has cracked right below the surface of the gum line, the dentist may recommend removing the tooth (tooth extraction) and replacing it with a dental implant. This could prevent infection or a future root canal.
Your dentist may also recommend a dental filling for simple chips or breaks.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
The dental bonding process is one of the more popular solutions to fixing a chipped or broken tooth and is generally pretty simple:
- The dentist will start by making the tooth's surface rough, which makes the bonding material stick better.
- An adhesive material is applied next and followed by a tooth-colored resin.
- The bonding material is then put on and shaped to look like the natural tooth.
- An ultraviolet light or laser hardens the material into place, and the tooth is all set.
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