A chipped tooth is common for both adults and children, and it is quite easy to chip a tooth despite enamel being the hardest, most mineralized tissue of the body. Other than biting something hard or falling and hitting your mouth at the right angle, dental conditions like tooth decay or bruxism can also cause a tooth to chip.
What happens if you don’t repair a chipped tooth?
Smaller chips are generally not problematic unless they are sharp, which could end up cutting your mouth. If your chip is significant enough, it could lead to more serious problems like pain, hot/cold sensitivity, bad break, and infected roots!
When do you need to repair a chipped tooth?
If you ever chip a tooth, you should always see your dentist. Minor chips likely won’t require a major repair and more often than not, your dentist can just file the chipped tooth or fill it with a dermal bond so it looks normal again. More significant cracks are likely to require extensive dental work.
If a chip is significant enough, it can damage the pulp inside the tooth which can be very painful and, if left untreated, can become infected.
How does your dentist fix a damaged tooth?
Minor chips may only need the edges smoothed or filled with a dermal filling. Severe chips that don’t damage the pulp inside your tooth may require a cap or crown to protect your tooth from future infections. If the pulp is damaged, you may need a root canal before a crown or cap can be placed over the tooth.
How can you prevent a chipped tooth?
The first step is to maintain good oral hygiene! If you play sports, you should be fitted for a mouthguard. Athletes are prone to facial injuries. Protective gear can help save your teeth.
If you have nervous habits like biting your nails or chewing on things, think about switching to something that will cause less stress on your teeth, like squeezing a stress ball. Finally, avoid chewing hard candies and ice.
If you have a chipped tooth, call Aesthetic Dentistry today at (215) 515-6788. We’d be happy to evaluate your tooth and recommend treatment options.