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Have you ever bit into something, then heard a loud crack or a crunch? Has your tooth been broken by trauma-caused by falling or a blow to the face? Your enamel—the outermost layer of your teeth—is the hardest tissue in the body, it is also fairly brittle. This can lead to cracked teeth, 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.

If you are experiencing pain, try taking painkillers, specifically over-the-counter medications. Generally, these painkillers should be enough to soothe your pain. Another option is using salt water to rinse your mouth. This can alleviate your pain and clean the injured area.

If your chipped tooth is jagged, you may be in danger of cutting your tongue, lips, and gums. To avoid these problems, try covering the chipped tooth with chewing gum or wax paraffin. Finally, we advise chewing on soft foods and avoiding chewing with your chipped tooth.

For a minor chip, we recommend seeing your dentist soon. They can usually repair the chip in one visit. They may recommend this repair to restore the function and comfort of your smile, or simply prevent the tooth from becoming more damaged.

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!