When a tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken, this could expose the inner tissues and mean serious complications down the road. But with emergency dental care, our team can repair your smile and prevent serious issues from developing. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist explains why a broken tooth needs emergency treatment.
Responding to Your Chipped Tooth
A tooth could become chipped due to a sports injury, biting down on a hard piece of food, or through accident. When a tooth is chipped, be sure you recover any pieces you can. If this proves impossible, don’t worry, we can still repair your tooth. You should rinse with warm water and use a bit of gauze or cloth to stem any bleeding. To prevent facial swelling, place a cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face. Then see us as soon as possible. Even minor damage could potentially expose the sensitive inner tissue to harmful bacteria, leading to tooth decay or a dental infection.
Treatment in One Visit
To treat your damaged tooth, we may recommend dental bonding. We administer a local numbing agent and then clean the tooth. We apply a composite resin to the tooth, which we shade to blend with your smile. The material is metal-free and lifelike in appearance. After we cure the material and mold your tooth, we will polish it for a more attractive appearance. This repairs minor damage in one visit! For more serious emergency issues, we could instead create and place a custom-made dental crown, which we color-match to blend with your smile.
You can also take steps to limit the risk of a dental emergency. For example, if you play sports or martial arts, be sure you wear a mouthguard. We can help by providing a custom-made mouthguard, one that fits better and provides a greater level of protection. Routine care to prevent issues like tooth decay helps too, as this leaves your smile better able to withstand injury. You should brush and floss daily, and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Be sure to eat healthier snacks too. With the right steps, you can help your smile remain strong and resistant to common emergencies. But if a tooth is cracked or chipped, then let us know right away. We will find a time to see you at your earliest convenience.
Do You Have More Questions About Emergency Dentistry?
Our team knows how to treat the damage brought on by dental emergencies, saving your smile from serious complications like tooth decay or dental infection. Contact our Newhall, CA office at (661) 259-7760 to learn more. You can also visit us at 25061 Peachland Ave. Newhall, CA 91321.