Posted August 26, 2016.

Your tooth enamel has been designed through evolutionary processes to be hard enough to bite off and chew hard foods. As hard as it is, there are some things, like grinding your teeth at night, or nibbling on pencils and pens, that can exceed the strength of your tooth enamel and chip it.

The depth and severity of the chip will influence the treatment options that your Dr. Ghada S. Massabni recommends for you.

If the chip was the result of a blow to the face, and you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. It’s a bad idea to use antiseptic mouthwash if your gums were injured, as it could irritate wounded tissues.

If you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity in the tooth, it probably means the chip is limited to the tooth enamel. Dr. Ghada S. Massabni might be able to repair it with a simple filling or if it’s on a tooth in your smile she might recommend a porcelain dental veneer.

A sharp or persistent pain in a chipped tooth, likely means that damage has penetrated deep into the tooth exposing the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this Dr. Ghada S. Massabni might need to perform a root canal to replace the damaged part of the tooth and restore the entire enamel layer with a crown.

If you have just chipped a tooth, you should call Dr. Ghada S. Massabni’s office in Woburn, Massachusetts at 781.995.4445 to explore your treatment and restoration options.