If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, call us as soon as possible. Otherwise your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up needing a root canal or even losing the tooth.

In the meantime, try the following self-care measures:

•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. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy and costly procedure. Here are some ways your dentist may repair your broken or chipped tooth.

•A cosmetic white filling customized to add strength and give an esthetic result
•A porcelain veneer to add strength and give your tooth a lasting and highly esthetic result
•A crown, if a significant portion of the tooth is damaged by the chip