A chipped front tooth can be quite painful, but the good news is that it’s a lot easier to handle a chipped tooth than you might think – no matter where in your mouth it is.
Remember, a tooth that is broken or knocked out can be implanted back into the gum, and you can rest assured knowing that it can be reattached to the gum. However, a chipped tooth is very different, and you will need to know how to handle the chipped from tooth properly. We recommend you read this article on the appropriate steps you should take when you have a chipped front tooth.
The first thing you should do is pick up the tooth, and take a moment to wash it off. Find a clean container to store it in – preferably an airtight one, and add a bit of milk or saliva to the container. This will help to keep it moisturized, which will prevent it from drying out. If you do this, there may be a chance that the tooth can be repaired properly.
Visit your dentist as soon as you can after the tooth has been chipped, and the doctor will tell you the various options. The simplest options are a root canal treatment and having the tooth filled:
Filling – This is done when the front tooth has only been slightly chipped, and the damage is just to the exterior of the tooth. The dentist will usually file down the tooth, and they will use a bit of filling to make it look like a normal tooth once more. The filling will be much easier to break, but at least your tooth will look normal without needing to go through a surgery.
Root Canal – This is needed if the tooth has been chipped all the way to the blood vessels in the middle of the teeth. They are much more difficult to repair, and will just be removed by the root canal. The tooth may actually be extracted as well, or it will have the pulp taken out and will just be covered with a filling or a crown. It’s more painful and expensive, but it’s the only solution if the tooth is very badly damaged. You can learn more about how to handle a chipped front tooth from this article.