A chipped tooth can expose the dentin layer and increase the risk of sensitivity or pain. However, a chip is not always going to hurt, and you may not even notice it until you feel the newly made rough edge with your cheek or tongue. If you have a chipped tooth, it cannot be repaired or treated at home, but our Los Angeles chipped tooth restoration expert can help.
Common causes of chipped teeth include a fall in which you hit your mouth, facial trauma, biting on something hard, or a cavity that has weakened the tooth. Until you can reach our expert in fixing chipped tooth in Los Angeles, you need to take steps to protect the damaged tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water to flush away any debris, and use gauze to apply pressure to the tooth if there is any bleeding. If you are unable to see us right away, use dental cement or an emergency tooth repair kit to protect the tooth until your appointment.
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The severity of the chip or fracture will determine the most appropriate treatment. If the chip is small, it may be best to simply smooth and polish it to match the rest of the tooth. A medium-sized chip may need to be treated with a tooth-colored filling to restore the appearance and function of the tooth. Our Los Angeles chipped tooth restoration expert can do this in a single visit, and the filling will protect the inner layers of the tooth from further damage and discomfort.
A large chip or severe fracture that damages or exposes the nerve of the tooth will usually necessitate root canal therapy. This a treatment in which our expert in fixing chipped tooth in Los Angeles will remove the nerve and soft tissues from within the root canals of the tooth, seal the root canals, and restore the tooth using a dental crown.
Good dental habits can help protect your restored tooth and prevent further damage. Brush and floss as recommended using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles.