Often we have chipped teeth after encountering a traumatic accident. The trauma resulting in formation of chipped teeth include biting an extremely hard object, receiving blows on the face, falling down from staircases or bikes etc. The tooth can get chipped even when cavities decrease its strength. Chipped teeth can cause severe pain, particularly if the nerves get exposed to extremely cold or hot temperatures. This article will guide you about fixing chipped teeth without visiting the dentist. However, remember that if you have the broken pieces of your tooth and want to get your tooth fixed, you will have to visit a dentist.
- Right after experiencing the trauma leading to chipping of your teeth, rinse the mouth using warm water. If the bleeding continues even after rinsing, put a small gauze piece onto the injured part of your mouth for around ten minutes; the bleeding will subside soon.
- Next, cover the chipped portion of your tooth using temporary dental cements or soft wax. You will get these temporary dental cements in most pharmacies of your locality. This will protect your nerves from extreme temperatures and as a result you will be at lesser risk of experiencing toothache. This type of cementing will also prevent injuries caused to the gums and tongue by the sharp edges of the broken tooth. If you are still bothered by the uneven edges of your tooth, buy an emery board from the nearest drugstore and file the tooth; a couple of strokes of the emery board will do the job for you.
- Swelling is a common after effect of chipping of teeth. Applying cold compresses on the painful side of the mouth can help in getting rid of the discomforting swelling and tenderness of the region. Having OTC pain relievers can also offer significant relief from the pain.
- For at least one week after encountering the trauma causing chipping of the tooth, chew your food using the teeth of the opposite side of the affected area. This will prevent infections and speed up the healing process of the ailing tooth. It is also advisable to avoid consuming extremely cold or hot foods for a week.