You are laughing and talking to your friend and suddenly you trip and fall face first onto the ground. And when you got up, you find something oddly jagged in your mouth. The sick realization hits you that you have managed to break your front teeth and now you are badly in need of your Dentist in Dubai!
A broken or chipped tooth is almost a common occurrence in people who bite on food too hard, get a blow to the face or fall face first while smiling. Although the enamel which covers human teeth is supposedly the hardest and most mineralized tissue in the body, it is not unbreakable as you just managed to prove.
If you already suffer from tooth decay, your tooth can chip or break easily than otherwise. Whatever be the reason, there is absolutely no need to panic as this is something that your dentist in Dubai can fix quite easily.
First Aid for a broken/chipped tooth
If you suffer from a broken or chipped tooth, you need to call in your dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage due to infection. In the meantime, you can follow these first aid methods –
- If the tooth is painful, an over-the-counter painkiller can help relieve the pain.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to keep it from getting infected.
- Cover the broken tooth with a piece of wax paraffin to keep the jagged end from cutting your lip or cheek.
Your tooth can be treated and restored by your dentist in Dubai in many ways. The method of treatment depends mostly on the damage suffered by the chipped/broken tooth. Here are the different ways to fix your teeth to its former glory –
A dental filling or bonding is the easiest way to restore a broken tooth and is used if your tooth has suffered enamel chipping. To bond the tooth, the dentist uses a liquid or gel to roughen the edges of your teeth and fix tooth coloured resin to it using dental adhesive. The filling/ bonding is filed and shaped to resemble a natural tooth.
In case of a more severe injury, where a large piece of the tooth has broken off or the tooth has suffered a lot of decay, your dentist will grind away the remaining tooth to cover it with a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap, which is made to protect and improve the appearance of your broken tooth. Permanent crowns are made of metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic.
Your dentist in Dubai will suggest a dental veneer if it is your front tooth that is chipped or broken. A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth coloured resin composite or porcelain that cover the front of the tooth, with a thicker section used to replace the missing tooth section. After removing a small part of the enamel from the front of your teeth, your dentist will use a special liquid to etch on the tooth to roughen it. The veneer is then fixed on to the tooth to be treated with a special cement to complete the procedure.
Root Canal Treatment
If your tooth has broken off enough to reveal the pulp, chances for infection are higher. Your tooth will hurt, discolour and become sensitive to heat, indicating damage to the pulp. In such cases, the pulp is removed and cleaned via a root canal procedure before sealing it. Following the root canal treatment, your dentist will suggest using a dental cap or crown to restore the tooth.
So don’t wait to get your chipped or broken tooth treated. Visit your dentist in Dubai today!