If you have chipped one of your teeth, you may not think that it’s a huge deal. You can ignore it and move on, right? It doesn’t seem to interfere with eating, so maybe everything is fine.
But a chipped tooth has more consequences than you may know, and you should seek attention from a dentist immediately. Chipped teeth are the most common dental emergency. Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry explains the dangers of a chipped tooth.
Getting a chipped tooth is surprisingly easy, even if you’re careful. Some of the ways that you can chip a tooth include the following:
You can do some things to reduce your risks of chipping a tooth in the above manner. But simply getting older also increases your risks.
If you chip a tooth, some of the possible consequences may include the following:
Your tooth may become more sensitive to pressure, which can break your tooth entirely. Cracks are sometimes due to a cavity, which further weakens the tooth. Your teeth become more sensitive after a crack, so other things that pressure your tooth can completely break it.
A cracked tooth becomes more sensitive to temperatures, both hot and cold. This is because the nerve is exposed. The outer structure of the tooth is made of protective enamel, but without this enamel intact, your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This may cause extreme discomfort when you eat or drink.
If your tooth is chipped, you’re more vulnerable to an infection, also known as an abscess. An abscess is a serious dental emergency and needs immediate treatment. If left untreated, an abscess can spread through your bloodstream.
A chipped tooth causes a lot more damage than you might realize. The enamel on your teeth is meant to protect your teeth from greater damage.
When one of your teeth is damaged, it exposes the nerve. When the nerve is exposed to air, food, or drinks, it will usually cause extreme pain.
When you’ve chipped a tooth, you may wonder about how it’s treated. We have several options to repair a chipped or broken tooth. These include:
You can use dental bonding to repair a tooth. With this process, the dentist applies a composite resin to your teeth. It’s a simple and often inexpensive repair method and part of cosmetic dentistry.
Crowns are made of porcelain or a composite and act as a cap over your tooth. It usually takes two sessions, one to prepare the crown and another to cement the crown to your tooth permanently.
If you have damaged one of your teeth, you should check it out immediately, especially before it gets any worse. Contact Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry today or request an appointment online.