Oh no! You’ve fallen, bumped into something, or biting down on a hard piece of food. The result? You’ve chipped a tooth. Maybe a huge piece of your front tooth has broken off and your speed dialing one of our dentists for a repair or maybe you have a small tooth fracture that you intend to just live with. Either way, a broken or chipped tooth could point to further damage in your mouth than what you may initially see or feel. Therefore your safest option is to go in for an evaluation and X-ray to make sure you are aware of all of the damage and know your options for repair.
No Big Deal: If your chip was solely a break to the tooth’s surface and didn’t affect roots, gums, or nerves, you are likely to have an easy, quick, and cost-effective cosmetic fix such as a filling or bonding.
Something Serious: In the event that the chip weakened the rest of the tooth, you then become at greater risk for the tooth to further fracture or crack. In addition, if the chip led to significant nerve damage, a root canal could be necessary if attention isn’t given to treatment or healing.
If you or a loved one has chipped a tooth recently, we recommend making an appointment with your Dental Care Center dentist as soon as possible. Give us a call today!