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What are some chipped-tooth repair kits?

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A chipped tooth should only be repaired by a trained dental professional using restorations such as dental bonding, dental crowns, caps or veneers. It is not recommended to use a temporary filling kit such as DenTek Temparin Max on a chipped or cracked tooth, according to the DenTek website.

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A person with a chipped tooth should schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible because failure to repair the chip in a timely manner can result in the tooth chipping further or developing an infection. Wax paraffin or a piece of sugarless chewing gum can be applied temporarily to the area to cover any sharp edges. If the chipped tooth is painful, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen can provide relief while waiting to see a dentist. Before the chip is repaired, it is important to stick to soft foods and avoid chewing with the damaged tooth to prevent further damage.

Dental bonding involves application of an adhesive followed by a tooth-colored bonding material to the chipped area. The dentist molds the bonding material to restore the natural shape of the tooth and then hardens the material with ultraviolet light. A dental crown or cap may be applied to the tooth instead if a large piece of the tooth is chipped away.

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