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What to do with a chipped tooth

Chipped tooth

Imagine you’re out bowling with friends. You strut to the lane with the ball, swing your arm back, and – smack! You’ve accidentally hit your friend in the face! Now she has a chipped front tooth. So what do you do?

How can a tooth chip?

A tooth can chip when you:

  • Bite down on something hard
  • Fall and hit your mouth on the ground
  • Get hit in the mouth

Incisors often chip after a blow to the mouth, because of their vulnerable position at the front of the mouth. Molars are more susceptible to chipping when chewing hard foods.

What’s it like to have a chipped tooth?

You will usually quickly notice the sharp area with your tongue. A chipped tooth probably won’t hurt unless the broken piece is large.

What to do if you’ve chipped a tooth

  • Phone your dentist as soon as possible to make a non-emergency appointment. A chipped tooth is only a non-emergency and may not need treatment at all. But you should still see your dentist because she will be able to file down the chipped area and check for any hidden damage.
  • Bring the tooth fragment to the dentist appointment because she may be able to reattach it. In the meantime, store the fragment safely in a container and cover it with milk or saliva.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if the tooth is painful.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water as a natural disinfectant.
  • If your damaged tooth is now sharp and jagged, cover it with wax paraffin or sugarless gum to prevent it cutting your tongue, lips and cheeks.
  • Avoid chewing hard food with the injured tooth because it may cause more of the tooth to break off.

At the dentist

The dental treatment you will require will depend on the severity of the damage.

  • Minimal: The smallest chips do not require any treatment at all.
  • Small: A very small chip can simply be smoothed down by your dentist and will not need to be filled.
  • Medium: For a medium-sized chip, the dentist will either make a filling or reattach the original chipped piece of tooth. If the tooth is a molar, then it might require a crown (a cap that covers your tooth) if the chewing surface is damaged.
  • Large: A severely broken tooth might mean an exposed nerve. In this case you will probably need a root canal to remove the damaged nerve, as well as a crown or a cap to replace the chipped tooth. This is more serious than a minor chip and you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

What if it’s more serious than a chip?

You should seek the nearest emergency dentist immediately if your tooth is cracked, badly broken or knocked out completely. You can tell when you have a cracked tooth because pain will occur when you release a bite, but not when you bite down. You should also see a dentist immediately if you think you have nerve damage, which is characterised by persistent pain.

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New Birmingham Dental Hospital set to open in 2014

The birmingham dental hospital lies in the heart of Birmingham, treating over 130,000 patients a year and helping patients with emergency dental treatment every day of the week. The first original dental hospital was create in 1858, and the current building is the 6th replacement built in the 1960’s. The dental hospital employs 400 NHS workers and 300 university staff, making it one of the largest denial hospitals in the UK. Long-awaited Plans are in place to create a new dental hospital, which could open as early as 2014 if it receives treasury backing.

The current Dental Hospital was designed in the 1960s, dentistry was changed since then. The old 10 floor building will be replaced with a new building of fewer floors which will be larger in size. This is planned to make the hospital more cost effective to run. The new hospital will contain 159 dental chairs, a 10% reduction of the previous number from the current dental hospital.

The Scott Arms Dental Practice has assisted the Birmingham Dental Hospital on bank holidays and weekends by providing the emergency dental service in the past. Between 1992 and 1997 the Scott Arms Dental Practice was the official emergency dental service for the health authority. We have provided our emergency service for more than 18 years, treating over 100,000 patients.

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Birmingham Dental Hospital Emergency

The Birmingham Dental Hospital is based in Birmingham city centre and provides dental emergency care for the general public in the Birmingham / West Midlands area . This service operates 9.00am-4.30pm from Monday-Friday. Outside these hours there is a basic emergency service running from 6.30pm till 8.30pm weekdays and 9.00am-11.30 am on weekends.

Many patients who have tooth ache outside of these hours seek dental treatment from other dental practices. One of the main dental services here, which provides additional services, is Scott arms dental practice. This practice is open till 11.00pm, 7 days a week / 365 days per year.

There are 2 types of emergency treatment, one of them being rapid swelling, affecting the patients breathing, and excessive bleeding from an extraction socket site. The second is urgent treatment, which is acute pain from toothache or minor trauma related incidents.

The dental hospital during normal working hours will cater for both of these dental emergencies, however outside these hours, emergency treatment as described above would require treatment at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Edgbaston. Urgent dental treatment, as described above, including regular toothache can be treated by other general dental practitioners.

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