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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

What We Do When Examining a Dental Chip


Posted on 2/10/2020 by Neil Starr DDS PC
What We Do When Examining a Dental ChipWe are here to provide for all your dental care needs. Usually that means providing regular cleanings and inspections, as well as scheduled procedures. But, from time to time, we do encounter a dental emergency. One of the more common emergencies we see is a chipped tooth.

When you come to us with a chip in your tooth, rest assured that we will handle the situation quickly and professionally. Here is more information on this common emergency, and how we handle it.

When You Chip a Tooth

On your side, there are a few things you need to do if you chip a tooth. First, rinse out your mouth with warm water to help clean it out. Avoid hot or cold water, as this could cause unnecessary pain in the chipped area.
If you are able to locate the chip from the tooth, put it in a wet washcloth and bring it with you when you come see us. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the affected area; the cool temperature will help keep swelling down and reduce any bleeding you might be experiencing.

What We Do With a Chipped Tooth

When you come see us, the first thing we will do is stabilize your condition. If you are in excessive pain we may apply a numbing agent to help with that. Then we will closely look at the chipped tooth. If you brought the chipped piece in with you, we will inspect that as well.

We are looking to determine how best to proceed. In cases of very minor chips, we may be able to send you back with some simple homecare instructions to tide you over until you can come in for a repair. Or, if it is severe, we may perform an emergency procedure right away.

If you chip a tooth, come see us right away. You are in good hands with us!


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Washington, DC 20036

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