Chipped tooth...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by StephenCampbell, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    I've suddenly noticed that one of my teeth has a chunk missing on the lower end (along the gumline). There is a lot of dentin exposed, and naturally it is sensitive to hot and cold, and painful if I touch it the wrong way.

    My dental appointment is on Tuesday. It is not painful to eat or anything, but are there things that I should be aware of and try to avoid until Tuesday? Will eating at all cause a rapid decay in the exposed dentin? Should I brush it clean after each meal?

  2. macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    I'd ask my dentist.
    The one I'm scheduled to visit.
    Maybe that's just me.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    My appointment was scheduled a couple weeks ago, unrelated to this chipped tooth. They don't pick up the phone on the weekends.
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This +100
    But from a non dentist to another ...
    Yes you should brush. Chip or not, that's just good dental hygiene. If you're in a ton of pain there are dentists that will do work on the weekends as an emergency. Think along the lines of a plumber. You'll be charged a handsome fee. If you can wait, then you should. Decay won't set in over night, but I'd keep things clean.
  5. macrumors G3


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Brush your teeth and avoid not sending yourself through the roof. ;)
  6. macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Oral anesthetic. Commonly available at any drugstore.

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