A tooth with damaged enamel can be a serious cause for concern. Even if the damage is only in the enamel and doesn’t come with pain you will still need to have it addressed as soon as possible to protect the area before decay can set in. If the damage is serious you should call us as soon as possible to determine the best course of action or schedule an appointment.
If the tooth was damaged by a blow to the face, it might come with pain or bleeding. You can rinse your mouth with salt water to wash away blood and soothe gum tissues. Antiseptic mouthwash can irritate injured gums. If you have swelling in the area, you can lightly hold a cold compress to your cheek for 15 minutes at a time. Topical oral anesthetic rubbed on the gums to help reduce the pain until you can get attention.
If the damaged enamel doesn’t expose the sensitive pulp layer, your dentist might be able to restore the tooth with cosmetic bonding. This procedure involves filling and sculpting the area with a resin material that can be color matched to the natural enamel of the tooth.
If the tooth has only minor chips in it, such as from chewing on a pen, or crunching on ice, the dentist might be able to blend the area in a dental contouring procedure.
If you have a cracked, chipped or fractured tooth, you should call us immediately at 727-785-7202 to schedule an appointment.