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Damaged tooth enamel can cause a lot of problems if it’s left uncared for. It can be a staging ground for decay to take root, it can cause pain, or reduce the structural integrity of the tooth. You will need to have it taken care of to avoid these and other dental health complications.

If the tooth was damaged by a blow to the face, it might come with pain or bleeding. You can rinse your mouth with salt water to wash away blood and soothe gum tissues. Antiseptic mouthwash can irritate injured gums. If you have swelling in the area, you can lightly hold a cold compress to your cheek for 15 minutes at a time. Topical oral anesthetic rubbed on the gums to help reduce the pain until you can get attention.

If the damaged enamel doesn’t expose the sensitive pulp layer, your dentist might be able to restore the tooth with cosmetic bonding. This procedure involves filling and sculpting the area with a resin material that can be color matched to the natural enamel of the tooth.

If the tooth has only minor chips in it, such as from chewing on a pen or crunching on ice, the dentist might be able to blend the area in a dental contouring procedure.

If you have a cracked, chipped or fractured tooth, you should call Mill Creek General Dentistry in Mill Creek, Washington, to set up a consultation with Dr. Kerry Olszewski. We look forward to assisting you!