You’re in the middle of crunching down on a hard candy, popcorn, some nuts, or olive and the next thing you realize something hurts as the crunch sounds a bit differently. You just chipped or broken your tooth and the chipped tooth is in your mouth. Even if you’ve done a good job at taking care of your teeth, the hard enamel protecting them can still be chipped and broken from one unlucky bite from foods our mouth weren’t ever made to eat to begin with. That’s why we even have a list of dental superfoods that you can and should eat regularly for the best oral health.

In all reality, there are many ways to break or chip a tooth. For now, you have a dental problem that needs a solution, so here’s what you should know.

Chipped or Broken Tooth Treatment

How to Care for a Chipped or Broken Tooth

The first thing you should do when you notice a chipped or broken tooth is to NOT swallow it. Secondly, call and schedule a dentist appointment at Pickett Family Dental in Keller, TX as fast as possible to avoid additional damage or infection within the tooth. We’ll typically schedule an appointment based on your need for the next day or an emergency visit the same day.

If for some reason, you can’t get an emergency dental visit with our incredible dentist Dr. Tyson Pickett, then keep in mind you can do the following:

  • If the tooth is painful, take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever. Rinse your mouth with salt water.
  • If the break has caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your lip or cheek.
  • If you must eat, eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth.

Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. At Pickett Family Dental, we use the latest and most advanced dental technology to fix or replace your tooth in one office visit. A damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy and costly procedure. Here are some ways Dr. Tyson Pickett can repair your broken or chipped tooth.