A chipped tooth is breaking off just a small piece of tooth enamel. The symptoms are:
1. Tooth pain that comes and goes unpredictably
2. Tooth pain when chewing or relieving biting pressure
3. Tooth pain when exposed to extreme hot or cold
HOW IS CHIPPED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
The dentist can diagnose the problem with a physical examination. A dental X ray may also be required to ensure that there is no long term damage to the root of the tooth and the gums in general. The dentist will also check for cracks in other teeth as well as infections.
HOW IS CHIPPED TOOTH TREATED?
The treatment for a chipped tooth depends largely on the extent of damage. The possible treatment options include use of dental veneers, dental crown or dental filling. If the damage is deeper down, a root canal treatment may become necessary. In the meanwhile, a pain reliever such as acetaminophen can be used along with a salt water mouth rinse to manage the pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
Teeth are usually strong, but a broken tooth is not uncommon. There is no way to treat chipped tooth at home.