How To Fix Your Chipped Tooth Today

  • March 1, 2016

Ouch!

You never saw the ball coming. You start to notice the sensation of pain growing in your mouth. Then you notice something on the ground next to you.

It’s part of your tooth!

This is not good.

You don’t seem to be bleeding, so that’s OK …  but you want to get your tooth fixed as soon as possible. What should you do? Who should you call?

If you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI, then you need to contact the dentist at Forever Young Dentistry. We may not be able to reattach the broken part of your tooth, but we may be able to repair your tooth — today — with our Planmeca Fit dental crowns.

Dealing With The Dental Emergency

You never know when a dental emergency like the one we described could happen to you. To get help, call us at 586-698-7135. We will make every effort to see you as soon as we can, and the same day if at all possible.

If you are calling outside our regular hours, the answering machine will give you an emergency contact number, which will alert Dr. Young or another member of our team.

Now, in the case of a chipped or broken tooth, here is what you should do.

First, collect any broken pieces if you can find them. Place them in a container of milk to keep them moist.

Second, rinse your mouth if you are bleeding. You can apply pressure with gauze for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.

Applying a cold pack to the affected area can reduce swelling, and you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.

It’s also a good idea to cover the broken tooth with gauze or dental wax. It’s possible the chip or break created a point or edge that could poke or cut your lips, cheeks, or tongue. Covering the tooth will reduce your risk of accidentally cutting yourself.

Fixing Your Tooth

Dental crowns have many uses, and the emergency we described above is a perfect example of when you may need one.

Dental crowns can be used to repair or restore:

  • Broken and chipped teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Weak teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

The typical dental crown procedure starts by reshaping the affected tooth. We do this to remove the damaged parts, whether this is the result of a traumatic injury or poor dental hygiene.

By removing the affected areas, your natural crown is reshaped into an abutment. This will serve as an anchor point for your dental crown. When your crown is ready, we will bond it to your tooth, and you will be as good as new.

Dental crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth, and they can be shaded to match the rest of your teeth so they blend in with your smile.

And dental crowns are strong enough to do the things that you normally do with your real teeth, namely, biting and chewing your food.

Fast, Efficient Service

Here’s where coming to Forever Young Dentistry can really be beneficial.

If you do find yourself in the situation we described above, then you will want the problem fixed as soon as possible.

At another dentist office, you may have to wait weeks for that to happen. On the day you get to see some other dentists, they may reshape your broken tooth into an abutment.

But it could be weeks before they are able to complete the process. They may have to send the order for your dental crown to an outside laboratory.

While you wait, the dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth. Hopefully, this won’t break or come loose before your real crown is ready.

When it is finished, you’ll have to make a second visit to the dentist to have it bonded onto your tooth.

At Forever Young Dentistry, we can have your dental crown ready during your first visit.

With the Planmeca Fit System, we can make a digital scan of your teeth. This information is sent to the in-office milling machine, which will create your dental crown while you wait.

Before you leave, we are able to bond your permanent dental crown to your tooth. There’s no need for a temporary crown and no need for a second appointment.

Who Are You Going To Call?

If you have a dental emergency or you need a dental crown for a different reason, we hope you will call our dentist in Sterling Heights, MI. The team at Forever Young Dentistry will be happy to help you restore your smile as soon as possible.

Call 586-698-7135 or fill out our online appointment form to schedule your visit.