How to Deal with a Chipped Molar
A chipped molar can be disconcerting to say the least. When you are eating a meal and you suddenly feel part of your molar dislodging, it can make you sick to your stomach. There is something very intimate about our teeth, and when something is wrong with them, it can make us feel as if our very being is at stake.
So what do you do when you chip your molar?
Remove the Chipped Molar Fragments
The first thing to do when you experience a chipped molar is to remove any pieces of tooth that may have fallen out. Some people like to keep the chip or chips to show the dentist, but this is generally only a precaution. Dentist will usually not use pieces of the old molar to reconstruct your tooth. They are far more likely to give you a new artificial crown or filling.
If you notice that you have chipped your molar after the fact, you usually do not need to worry. The chip is small enough where it is likely to pass through your system without any great difficulty.
Make a Dentist’s Appointment
A chipped molar, and for that matter a chipped tooth of any kind, is a sign that you need to go to the dentist. If you experience this unpleasant event, it is likely that you have not been to your dentist lately. You should not ignore this condition, however. A chipped molar indicates that you mouth is in need of attention and delaying getting help will only make matters worse and cost you more in the long run. You may also be experiencing pain or sensitivity in your mouth along with the chipped molar. All of these conditions indicate that it is time to make a dental appointment.
You should explain your condition to the dentist when you call. The dentist will likely try to get you in as soon as possible so that he or she can assess the severity of the condition. Often when one tooth has reached the point where it can chip, other surrounding teeth also have a fair amount of decay. It is likely the case that your dentist will find that more than one problem exists.
Repairing your Molar
A chipped molar may only require a bit of cleaning up and a filling. Sometimes it turns out to be just a little bit of superficial decay that your dentist can repair within a few minutes with little pain to your mouth or pocket book. Sometimes, however, the problem with your molar is just the tip of the proverbial ice-burg and your teeth actually have wide spread decay requiring multiple visits and perhaps even a root canal.
Your dentist will most likely have the dental hygienist give you a thorough cleaning and then take some X-rays of your teeth to determine the severity of your condition. If the damage is extensive or if you are experiencing other symptoms like pain or sensitivity, your dentist is likely to schedule your first round of treatment right away.
Preventing Teeth Problems
As you have probably heard, the key to preventing problems with your teeth is regularly flossing and brushing. If you have started to experience problems with your teeth such as chipping, it becomes twice as important to brush and floss. You should try to brush after every meal, even if this means brushing your teeth at work or school. This may feel awkward at first, but if you want to keep your teeth into your old age, it is a necessary habit to build.
Furthermore, you will want to get tips from your dentist and dental hygienist as to better ways of brushing. Many people, simply don’t brush and floss their teeth effectively, leaving their pearly whites open to tooth decay and gum disease. By going over the basics at your dental office, you are likely to decrease the chances of having future dental problems.