Yikes. Ending up with a chipped tooth can be a bit of a hassle. What do you do? Should you ring up your dentist? Is it okay to continue eating and drinking, as per usual?
First up, let’s chat a bit about what tends to lead to a chipped tooth. It can be caused by anything from biting down on an ice cube to grinding your teeth when you sleep. Playing games and physical contact sports without a mouth-guard can also put your grin at risk. Even a car accident might usher in this type of dental disaster.
(It is worth mentioning that chipping an already-decayed tooth/a tooth with weakened enamel may prove more even problematic, so don’t dally!)
Once you realize that you have chipped or cracked a tooth, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible, to avoid further damage or infections. Ask your dental team what they recommend that you do in the meantime, i.e. whether you should attempt to cover the sharp edges of the chipped tooth with wax or sugar-free gum, if should you take a pain-killer, etc.)
The good news is that a minor chip can typically be treated by smoothing and polishing the tooth in question. Whew. A more serious chip may need to be repaired by way of a filling, or another procedure.