Chipping a tooth is an unpleasant experience to say the least. But some people would rather live with a chipped tooth than go to the dentist and have it fixed. After all, it just a cosmetic issue, right? Is it really a big deal to have a chip in your tooth?
While you may not think your chipped tooth is an issue, it could lead to more serious dental issues in the future. Find out why you should see your dentist as soon as chip your tooth and how they can help.
What Causes a Tooth to Chip?
Teeth commonly chip after too much force is put on the tooth. This could include biting on food or an object too hard, hitting your mouth, or being involved in a sports injury. In these cases, the tooth chipping may have nothing to do with the strength of the tooth. It just has to do with the other object being stronger.
However, some chips happen after the integrity of the tooth may have been compromised. Cavities weaken the teeth and make us more susceptible to chipping.
Why Should I Fix My Chipped Tooth?
When a tooth chips, you have laid the foundation for further chips and cracks. Even if the chip did not hurt, the damage can now easily become worse. If the chip was particularly bad, a root canal may be needed. This happens when the chip is close to the pulp containing the nerve.
Each chipped tooth is different, so there is no way of knowing exactly what the best course of action will be until you have spoken with your dentist.
How Is a Chipped Tooth Treated?
If the chip is small, then your dentist may simply smooth and polish the chipped area. This will help fix any cosmetic issues. For moderate sized chipped teeth, your dentist will recommend a filling, crown or cap over the damaged area. This not only restores the tooth’s normal appearance, but it protects the inner layers of the teeth as well.
For large chips, a root canal is likely needed. This is done to remove the damaged nerve. Afterwards, a cap or crown is placed on the tooth.
We Care About Your Smile
Don’t let a chipped tooth ruin your smile; call Daxon & Grundset Dentistry today. We treat all types of dental issues and we are 100 percent dedicated to giving you the best smile. Just give us a call or request an appointment online.