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Whether you’re hit in the face while playing a sport, you slip and fall, or you crack a tooth while eating a hard piece of food, a broken or chipped tooth can happen when you least expect it. And it’s important to know how to respond and protect your oral health.

So read on, and learn about the 5 steps Mint Dental recommends you take after you break or chip a tooth.

1. Don’t Panic – Start By Rinsing Out Your Mouth

First, try to remain calm. Chipped and broken teeth are painful and inconvenient, but with proper, prompt dental care, your tooth will be just fine.

The first thing you should do is rinse out your mouth to remove blood, debris, and other potential contaminants. This will also let you get a better look at the severity of the chip or break in your tooth.

2. Recover The Tooth Fragments, If Possible

This is an optional step. But if you can recover the tooth fragments, Dr. Schulhof or Dr. Forest may be able to bond them back to your tooth, which simplifies the process of repairing a minor chip. This is usually not an option for severely broken teeth, though.

3. Call Mint Dental For A Same-Day Emergency Appointment

You can’t treat a chipped or broken tooth on your own. You need to see a dentist. So call Mint Dental in Edina at (952) 831-1332 or contact our Shakopee office at (952) 445-3349 to schedule a same-day emergency appointment with Dr. Forest or Dr. Schulhof.

Same-day care from an emergency dentist will ensure the best possible outcome for your chipped or broken tooth, and will help you get relief from your pain and discomfort, so don’t delay. We always have appointments ready for emergency patients in Edina and Shakopee.

4. Take Steps To Treat Bleeding, Pain, And Discomfort

Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, you can take a few steps to treat your pain and discomfort. If you’re bleeding, use clean gauze, cotton balls, or a paper towel to apply gently, even pressure to the injury site.

You can take some over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen to help with your pain, or an over-the-counter topical numbing treatment like Orajel. Applying an ice pack to the outside of your mouth near the affected tooth will also help with pain and discomfort.

5. Come To Our Office To Get Treatment From Dr. Forest Or Dr. Schulhof

The above steps will only provide you with temporary relief. To restore your smile permanently, you’ll need to come to our office, so visit Mint Dental as soon as you can for your same-day emergency appointment.

Depending on the severity of your chipped or broken tooth, Dr. Schulhof or Dr. Forest may be able to use a wide variety of treatments to restore it, such as dental bonding, veneers, root canal therapy, and dental crowns.

Get Emergency Dental Care In Edina And Shakopee From Mint Dental Today

Even a minor tooth chip can cause pain and discomfort, make it hard to eat, and increase your risk of decay. And a deeply broken tooth may cause complications like a tooth infection, which could lead to tooth loss.

So no matter how much your tooth was damaged, don’t risk it. Contact our Shakopee location at (952) 445-3349 or contact our Edina location at (952) 831-1332 to explain your situation, get a same-day appointment, and get the dental care you need.