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Your teeth are very tough. This can lull some people into the notion of thinking that their teeth are invulnerable, leading to bad oral habits. Individuals who chew on foreign objects, use their teeth to open packaging or crunch on ice are at high risk of suffering a chipped tooth.

Sometimes the damage to the tooth’s enamel layer can run deep enough to affect the sensitive core of the tooth. In a moment like this you might need to apply some basic first aid while you need to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Steven Rattner. If you have unwanted material or blood in your mouth, you shouldn’t attempt to rinse it away with antiseptic mouthwash. This could cause further distress to your tooth and soft tissues. If necessary, you can try a gentle rinse with lukewarm salt water. Gently rubbing a topical oral analgesic on the affected area might provide some temporary pain relief. You might also take a standard dosage of an over the counter pain medication. The dentist may recommend using a dental filling a dental crown restoration to restore your tooth. If the sensitive internal structure of the tooth has been traumatized, the dentist might need to perform a root canal in advance of a dental crown restoration.

If you live in the College Park, Maryland, region and you have suffered a painful chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 301-474-8277 to seek treatment at Steven Rattner DDS.