What to do with a chipped tooth

At Dr. Daisy Alvarenga of Lake Forest we are regularly asked, "What should I do if I chip my tooth?" This is actually a fairly common problem. If you live in the Lake Forest area, we encourage you to call (949)340-0266 as soon as your tooth becomes chipped. As a general dentist, we can examine and treat you right away. As an emergency dentist, the first thing we want to do is determine how serious the damage is. In order to do so, we will ask you several questions when you call to schedule an appointment.
Composite filling tooth treatment in lake forest ca


Emergency Dentist Lake Forest CA

Do you feel any pain?

After chipping a tooth, you may not be in pain or uncomfortable. It really depends on the extent of the chip, where your tooth was chipped, and which tooth was damaged. Some people, for example, lightly chip a tooth when eating something overly hard or crunchy. If it is small, the chip may go unnoticed until you brush and floss your teeth. If you are in pain, you need to call our dental office in Lake Forest immediately. Pain is your body’s way of alerting you to a problem, and by restoring your tooth, we can prevent further damage and infections.



Are you bleeding?

We encourage you to visit our dentist practice immediately if you notice that your tooth has become chipped and you are also bleeding. This could be an indication that you have suffered more dental damage than you are currently aware of. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water, and if the bleeding persists, come on in.



Was it your tooth or your child’s?

As a family dentist serving the Lake Forest area, we treat generations of families. We need to know the age of the person who suffered damage because this will directly influence our treatment recommendations. Children tend to be more sensitive to discomfort, so it is wise to have any damage restored on the same day as the accident.



Emergency Dentist Lake Forest CA


Steps to Take After Chipping a Tooth

If you have ever wondered, “What should I do if I chip my tooth?” this information is good to keep in your back pocket. We always welcome your calls, questions, and visits to our dental office in Lake Forest. Dr. Daisy Alvarenga can figure out if the break was caused by a cavity, and if the tooth’s nerve is in danger. Usually a damaged nerve will require root canal treatment. This guide should be a reference point, but ultimately, you should still visit the dentist.

Step #1

Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. This will help remove debris, any surface blood, and reduce the chance of developing an infection.

Step #2

Place a piece of gauze or a cool rag in your mouth and press on the area that is bleeding. Applying light pressure may also help ease any discomfort being caused by the tooth being chipped and the dentin being exposed. As a family dentist that serves residents of Lake Forest CA and surrounding areas, we have found this to be particularly useful for helping our young patients take their mind off their discomfort.

Step #3

You can purchase dental cement at many drugstores and use it to temporarily cover the damaged tooth. As a cosmetic dentist, we prefer to simply treat your tooth and restore it immediately. However, if you are traveling, have a busy day at work, or simply cannot find the time to come in, this is a useful temporary solution. Just be sure to visit Dr. Daisy Alvarenga of Lake Forest the next day.

Step #4

Call our cosmetic dental services office at (949)340-0266 and schedule an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. We will do our best to work around your schedule so you can have your tooth restored immediately.


Ways We Restore Chipped Teeth

When looking for a “dentist near me” to treat a chipped tooth, be sure to visit a cosmetic dentist. We are an emergency dentist and a cosmetic dentist, which means we can treat you right away while also restoring your tooth in a manner that is natural-looking and beautiful.

As a cosmetic dentist, we have several ways to restore a chipped tooth, including:


Dental bonding.

We regularly use dental bonding to restore chipped teeth in children. This is the fastest way to do so because we can complete the process in one visit. As a cosmetic dentist, we apply tooth-colored bonding material to the damaged tooth, shape, and harden it for a natural-looking restoration. At Dr. Daisy Alvarenga of Lake Forest we can also use dental bonding when treating adults. However, the bonding material is generally not as long-lasting as a veneer or dental crown.

Dental veneers.

Many of the adults who visit our general dentist office prefer to repair their teeth using dental veneers. A veneer can be used to restore a chipped tooth, cover dark stains, close gaps in between teeth, and more. This makes veneers an incredibly popular option among our patients.


Dental crowns and bridges.

If you have lost a tooth in addition to damaging one, we can use the solutions above to restore the damage and then work on replacing your missing tooth. We can do so using dental crowns and bridges or dental implants. Both solutions will restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.

Improve your smile.

When visiting us for a chipped tooth, let us know if you would also like to improve your smile. We can offer you a quick teeth whitening treatment that will brighten your smile and improve your self-confidence. When combined with dental restorations, this is an excellent way to enhance your appearance.


Call us.

If you are wondering, “What should I do if I chip my tooth?” the best thing to remember is to call our our practice. At Dr. Daisy Alvarenga of Lake Forest we always try to treat you right away so you do not experience unnecessary discomfort. Simultaneously, we will try everything in our power to restore your tooth in a way that is both beautiful and natural-looking. To schedule an appointment, call (949)340-0266.


Learn more

MORE SERVICES



No more posts

Dental implants in lake forest ca

Dental Implants


We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.



Tooth Extractions


At Dr. Daisy P. Alvarenga. DDS, we perform a tooth extraction in the least invasive manner possible to shorten the recovery time.


Teeth whitening Procedure with curing light in lake forest ca

Teeth Whitening


If you live in Lake Forest or the local area, you can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office.


dental patient with invisalign braces in lake forest ca

Invisalign Dentist


Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces.



WHY YOU SHOULDN’T WAIT FOR DENTAL CARE

While we understand that many people wait to seek dental care due to anxiety, time, or finances, we do not recommend it. Instead, we suggest that you schedule a dental exam at least once every six months, even if you are not experiencing any discomfort. Doing so will allow us to remove any plaque or bacteria that is on your teeth, ensure that you do not have any cavities that are forming, and prevent you from experiencing gum disease. Our goal is to treat you before you have any health issues, and a dental checkup allows us to do so. We welcome you to come in so that we can protect and improve your oral health.

HELPFUL RELATED LINKS


Copyright by Dr. Daisy Alvarenga, DDS 2018. All rights reserved.



Copyright by Dr. Daisy Alvarenga, DDS 2018. All rights reserved.