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Complications of Chipped Teeth

Posted on 3/8/2021 by office
Complications of Chipped TeethDid you know that the enamel is a solid five on the Mohs Hardness Scale, meaning it is nearly as hard as steel? In fact, the enamel is the hardest tissue in the body. Despite its strength, it is also the one most susceptible to chipping and breaking.

Something as simple as chewing on a piece of leftover ice in your glass can cause your teeth to chip. Other reasons for tooth chipping can include trauma to the teeth because of a fall or a hit, tooth decay, enamel wear because of bruxism, etc.

Problems of a Chipped Tooth

So, what if you've got a little chip. It doesn't really matter so long as it's not visible. Wrong! As it does matter and can lead to major dental problems if left untreated.

•  Sharp edges can lead to cuts on the tongue and the inside of the cheek.
•  Deep chips can signify damage or impact to the teeth’ roots that may go unnoticed until it becomes excruciatingly painful.
•  Deep chips also become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to tooth decay.
•  Chipped teeth become sensitive.
•  They may also lead to the development of bad breath because of bacteria.
•  The chipped area can grow larger increasing, leading to the need for a root canal or tooth extraction.

Treatment for Chipped Teeth

Here, prevention is better than cure, as is the case with most dental problems. As dental professionals, we always suggest that patients take extra care of their dental hygiene.

•  Make sure you have no dental cavities, and you brush your teeth regularly.
•  Never skip your regular dental check-ups to ensure your teeth enamel is perfectly healthy and strong.
•  If you are into sports, make sure you wear a mouthguard when playing or even during practice.
•  Never use your teeth as a bottle opener or a nutcracker; there are tools available in the market to aid you with those functions.
•  Use a stress ball to release your anxiety or stress instead of chewing on your nails or a pen cap. The latter, in particular, is prone to accidents.

Having said that, we understand that accidents are a part of life. If, in case, you do happen to chip your tooth, do not ignore it. Visit us at Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry for a check-up. We can help ensure the damage is minimal and provide the necessary first aid and treatment to repair the chip.

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