NJ Top Dentists Advise Patients on Chipped Tooth Care

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if you have chipped your tooth, this unexpected incident can cause you to worry not only about your appearance, but also possible damage to your tooth. The good news is that your appearance will only be compromised briefly as a chipped tooth can be fixed with one of several procedures. Your Livingston dentists, Drs. Gary and David Silverstrom provide restorative dentistry to fix common problems like chipped teeth.

Immediate Care for a Chipped Tooth

Realizing you have a chipped tooth can come as a shock. You may pull out a piece of your tooth expecting to see the piece of hard candy you attempted to consume. In order to prevent further damage or possible infection, you should call our office and let us assess your tooth. In the meantime, you can protect your tooth and minimize discomfort by completing the following immediate care suggestions.

  • Relieve Pain – Chipping your tooth can be a real headache! Instead of prolonging pain and discomfort, take a pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil.

  • Cover the Tooth – The chip in your tooth may produce a sharp, jagged edge. To avoid cutting the inside of your mouth, cover that tooth with paraffin wax or sugarless gum.

  • Eat Soft Foods – When eating, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid biting down directly onto the tooth.


  • Repairing a Chipped Tooth

    Your doctor can repair your tooth in one of two ways depending on your chip. For a tooth missing a small piece of enamel, your dentist may repair it with a filling or bonding. To bond your tooth, your dentist slightly roughs the tooth, applies an adhesive and then the bonding material. The result is a natural-looking tooth free of rough edges.

    In the event that a large portion of your tooth breaks, your dentist may need to place a dental cap or crown on your tooth. While metal crowns are strong and durable, porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are strong and aesthetically pleasing as well. Porcelain crowns provide a natural-looking cover that protects the tooth and prevents decay.

    Experience a Chipped Tooth Emergency? Call Our Office Today We’re here to help restore your tooth back to normal. Contact our office at (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039