Chipping a tooth- Is it a big deal?

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Dentists are frequently asked questions about chipping a tooth- “Is it that big a deal? Doesn’t it depend on how big the chip is?  I mean if it is just a little chip, it can’t be that bad…can it?”  The answers to these questions are variations of the same theme.  Yes, chipping a tooth means you have lost valuable tooth structure and potentially laid the foundation for additional chips and cracks.  Or you may need a root canal if the chip is close to the pulp containing the nerve and it doesn’t heal properly from the trauma.

As for repairing a chipped tooth, your dentist can usually fix minor chips with modern bonding techniques using tooth-colored filling material.  For larger chips that involve more tooth structure, your dentist may suggest a crown (cap) or a veneer.  The most important thing to remember is that if you chip a tooth, you need to see a dental professional for a proper evaluation and treatment remedy.


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