Is Chipping a Tooth Really That Big of a Deal? | Oak Lawn, Il Dentist

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It can be so frustrating to chip a tooth. Perhaps you sustained an injury or maybe bit in to that hard candy at just the right time. Fortunately for you, your dentist has an easy fix.

When you chip a tooth is it important to see your dentist right away for restoration. If you don’t you could risk more damage to the tooth or even lose it entirely. A broken tooth can also be exposed to all sorts of things, specifically bacteria. Bacteria and an open tooth do not mix.

Your dentist can usually repair minor chips with a dental bonding. For larger chips, however, you could have experienced structure loss in the tooth and a more complicated remedy may be required, such as a root canal or crown.

What can cause a tooth to chip or break? Any number of things, including:

  • Falling and hitting your mouth
  • Biting on a hard object or food, such as a hard candy or a bone
  • Cavities which can weaken the teeth and predispose you to a chipped tooth
  • Suffering trauma to the face from a sports injury or accident(

In some cases an abscess can form. When a cracked tooth goes unchecked you’re opening your mouth up to the risk of developing an abscess. What is an abscess? Well, when a break (or cavity) in a tooth exposes a nerve, the nerve then eventually dies and causes the cells inside of the tissue to die and release their contents. This creates a backup of gases and purulent exudate, you may known as pus. Gross! Left untreated this could lead to the loss of the tooth in its entirety. Not to mention severe pain and cost.

Watch this short video from ‘The Doctors’ to learn why it is imperative to see your dentist immediately if you’ve broken a tooth: (YouTube)

A chipped or broken tooth may not hurt but it can potentially be a big problem. Always have your dentist inspect a fractured tooth.

For more information on chipped teeth contact Dr. Bartz at (708) 430-4440 or visit our website at

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