How To Fix A Chipped Tooth At Home?

How To Fix A Chipped Tooth At Home?

A chipped tooth is one of the common problems that occur to most people at some point in their lives. Although it may not be a life-threatening problem, it can make you feel highly uncomfortable and insecure.

A chip on the front teeth will spoil your smile by giving an ugly look to others. Also, chunks caused due to sports injuries are usually too large to be repaired with composite fillings, which makes them more susceptible to exposure of dentin (the sensitive colored tissue under your enamel) above the surface of your tooth; this may lead to pain or sensitivity, as well as further discoloration.

So instead of putting yourself through all the discomfort and vulnerability associated with chipped teeth, here are some handy tricks using things you may have lying around your house to make your smile appear as beautiful as before.

1. Use Toothpaste:

Toothpaste is the most widely used remedy for chipped teeth. They work by covering up your tooth’s exposed dentin or enamel with its minty gel-like texture and color (which match closely to that of tooth enamel).

Squeeze out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the chip and rub it gently for about 30 seconds till you see that it has coated all surfaces of the chipped area well, then let it dry completely (about 2 minutes) and then repeat this process once again. Do not wash away after applying; if any residue is left behind, brush twice with regular toothpaste to remove it.

2. Use Ice Cubes:

If there’s no toothpaste at home, try using an ice cube wrapped in cloth or tissue paper not to damage your skin. Run the ice cube over the chipped part of your tooth for about 2 minutes and let the coldness of the ice soothe away any pain you may be experiencing after having inflicted injury upon yourself during an accident. Repeat this process whenever you feel like it, as a consistent application is necessary to relieve pain caused by chips on teeth.

1. Use Bleach (Hydrogen Peroxide):

Hydrogen peroxide is another fast-acting remedy that works exceptionally well if applied immediately after a chip occurs due to its highly concentrated formula. One of the best things about hydrogen peroxide is it’s incredibly inexpensive, so you can buy a massive bottle from your local drugstore and have enough for an entire lifetime.

Get a cotton ball or swab and dip in hydrogen peroxide, then rub on the chipped part of your tooth gently till all exposed dentin has been covered.

The chip will begin to whiten almost instantly due to its bleaching properties which work wonders at covering up any shade difference caused by the chip. Repeat this method twice daily for quick results, but ensure that you do not swallow excess hydrogen peroxide as it irritates the stomach lining if taken internally.

2. Use Dental Floss:

If none of these remedies are available at home, then dental floss is your best bet. This method only works on chips that have been inflicted within the past 12 hours as it does not work on teeth with exposed enamel or dentin, which has been injured for more than a day. So this remedy is only suitable if the chip happened to occur recently.

Dental floss also acts as a barrier against further chipping of enamel and dentin by covering up the chip with a thin protective layer till you get a chance to practice other remedies mentioned above.

So take some floss and wrap around across the compromised part of your tooth, trapping it between the floss and your tooth/gum line, then slowly pull away from the chip towards yourself to tighten up the floss till it’s wrapped tightly against your tooth. Now twist the floss counterclockwise to tighten even more and be firm with the pressure before pulling away from the chip entirely so that you don’t cause any damage by accident.

3. Use Ice Cubes:

If none of these remedies are available at home, ice cubes are your best bet for soothing pain (caused after chipping). So this remedy is only suitable if the chip happened to occur recently.

Get a cotton ball or swab and dip in hydrogen peroxide, then rub on the chipped part of your tooth gently till all exposed dentin has been covered. The chips will begin to whiten almost instantly due to their bleaching properties which work wonders at covering up any shade difference caused by the chip. Repeat this method twice daily for quick results, but ensure that you do not swallow excess hydrogen peroxide as it irritates the stomach lining if taken internally.

4. Use Denture Cleanser Tablets:  

If none of these remedies are available at home, then denture cleansing tablets are your best bet for soothing pain (caused after chipping). So this remedy is only suitable if the chip happened to occur recently.

Denture cleanser tablets also act as a barrier against further chipping of enamel and dentin by covering up the chip with a thin protective layer till you get a chance to practice other remedies mentioned above. So take some water in a glass, drop the tablet in it, and then stir until it is completely dissolved. Now brush your tooth with this mixture twice daily until relief is felt.

5. Use Cement Bonding Liquid:

If none of these remedies are available at home, or you have no time to carry out all the aforementioned procedures, simply get some cement bonding liquid from your local drugstore (I recommend Clinpro Tooth Adhesive) and use an eyedropper to apply on your chip directly.

It works almost instantly by bonding dentin together like sticky glue, making it strong enough to bear pressure caused by chewing food items, thus saving you from extensive dental work.

It’s also straightforward to use; open the cap of the eyedropper bottle and tip over slightly against the chip, then squeeze out some amount of liquid on it. If you have sensitive teeth, then you can also apply them on your gums around the chipped area to ease pain caused due to sensitivity caused by dentin exposure.

Use only one drop at a time, do not overuse it as it can cause drooling if taken internally. This method is suitable for all types of chips, even significant ones, but remember that this product works best on fresh chips, so try to use it as early as possible.

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