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Your teeth have three layers—the enamel, dentin, and pulp. Enamel, the outer layer, is actually the hardest tissue in your entire body. Unfortunately, enamel is also fairly brittle, meaning it can lead to a variety of problems like an infection. This means that if chip your tooth, it’s extremely important to visit your dentist. But, to help you know what to expect—and what you can expect in the meantime—we’re excited to offer you a little more information.

If your chip is only a minor one, your dentist can generally repair your tooth in only a visit. For more complex chips, you may need to make multiple trips. However, regardless of the severity of the chip, it is important to visit your dentist quickly to stop your tooth from suffering more damage.

In the meantime, if your tooth hurts, we recommend starting with over-the-counter painkillers. You can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. If your tooth is jagged, we recommend covering it with chewing gum or with wax paraffin. Otherwise, your chipped tooth my cut your tongue, lip, or gums. Please avoid chewing on your broken tooth, and if necessary, eat soft foods.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do for a damaged tooth, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are excited to hear from you!