Chipping a tooth — or worse, knocking one out — can hurt, and can certainly leave you feeling uncomfortable. A chipped tooth in the front may make you feel self-conscious, and long-term, missing or chipped teeth can affect your speech and eating. In the unfortunate case that you have chipped or completely knocked out your tooth, don’t panic. Instead, here is what to do.
Causes of Chipped Teeth
First, what causes chipped teeth?
Teeth chip in a number of ways. You might chip a tooth during a hard fall or car accident or after biting down on a hard substance such as ice or candy. One of our patients chipped a front tooth while eating a salad; she bit too hard and hit the fork.
You’re also more likely to chip a tooth while playing contact sports, but you can even chip a tooth if you grind your teeth while sleeping. When you take an extremely hard fall or blow to the face, your entire tooth can become broken and separated from your gums. Most people refer to this as their tooth being “knocked out.”
If this happens to you, follow these steps:
If you have chipped or knocked a tooth out, contact our office now. There are a number of ways to repair a chipped tooth and we will walk you through the process, whether you have a small chip or a completely missing tooth.