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Have you ever bit into something, and heard a loud crack or a crunch? Has your tooth been broken by trauma—maybe from falling or a blow to your face? Your enamel—the outermost layer of your teeth—is the hardest tissue in the body, but it is also fairly brittle. This means your teeth can crack, which can lead to infections and similar complications. If you crack or chip a tooth, we recommend calling your dentist immediately, but here are a few things you can do in the meantime.

Your dentist can normally repair a minor chip in only one visit. Dentists typically recommend this repair to restore the function and comfort of your smile, or simply to prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged.

If your tooth hurts, we recommend starting with over-the-counter painkillers. You can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. If your tooth is jagged, try covering it with chewing gum or wax paraffin. Otherwise, your chipped tooth may cut your tongue, lip, or gums. Please avoid chewing on your broken tooth, and if necessary, eat only soft foods.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do for a damaged tooth, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are excited to hear from you!