Whether it was opening a package with your teeth, chomping on ice or suffering a bad fall, teeth can break under certain pressures. In many cases, a tooth will simply chip or endure a minor fracture. Chipped teeth are common in both children and adults. Most patients seek immediate help from a dentist due to the aesthetic threat of having a chipped tooth in front of their smile. However, appearance is not the only concern when a tooth is chipped.
The Problem with Not Fixing a Chipped Tooth
A little chip on a tooth may not seem like a big deal, especially if it is a molar that no one can see. However, there are a host of issues that can occur when the outer tooth layer is damaged. The outer layer is called your enamel, and though it is the hardest substance in your entire body, it can break or chip when outside forces are too strong. It is also possible that your teeth suffer chips more easily when they are decayed or worn down from habits like teeth grinding.
Not all chips will trigger immediate concern, but you should be aware of the following consequences if you decide not to repair your chipped tooth:
- Sharp edges that cut your cheek, tongue and gums
- Deep chips can impact the root of the tooth, leading to potential infections or tooth aches
- Significant chips can cause tooth decay resulting in sensitivity and bad breath
- Chips of all sizes can grow bigger and lead to larger concerns that warrant root canal therapy or extraction
How a Dentist Repairs Chipped Teeth
Don’t assume that your chipped tooth will require extensive or costly dental work. In fact, most small chips can be flawlessly repaired with dental bonding or by simply filing it down. Larger tooth fractures may require additional treatment, especially if the inner tooth pulp has been compromised. In such cases, a dental crown or root canal therapy may be suggested.
At Smile Design Studio, we know that accidents happen, but we want patients to contact us as soon as possible if a chipped tooth has occurred. Our services in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry allow us to fix all types and sizes of damaged teeth. Let us restore your smile back to its full beauty and health.