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Ancient evolutionary processes have designed your teeth to be hard enough to handle a lifetime of biting and chewing most foods. However, there are still several activities that can chip, fracture or potentially crack a tooth’s enamel layer.

Individuals who abuse the intended function of their teeth by using them as improvised tools or crunch on ice are increasingly likely to suffer a chipped or fractured tooth. In some of these situations the damage can run deep enough to affect the sensitive dentin and pulp of the tooth.

If you have a badly damaged tooth, you may need to apply some basic oral first aid measures while you seek professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Kristin Wade.

If you have unwanted material in your mouth it can be gently rinsed away with some lukewarm saltwater. You should never use antiseptic mouthwash as this could shock or irritate exposed dental structures.

Gently rubbing a topical oral analgesic on the local gum tissues can often help minimize discomfort and sensitivity. Consuming a standard dose of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication might also be helpful.

After examining the extent of the damage to the tooth our dentist will present you with a possible treatment strategy. In a case where the sensitive internal structure of the tooth has been damaged she might need to perform endodontic therapy in advance of a dental crown restoration.

If you live in the Payson, Arizona, region and you have a badly chipped or fractured tooth, you should call 928-472-8400 to seek treatment at Payson Premier Dental.