No one likes the idea of dealing with a chipped or broken tooth. While this is a problem that seems like only people with rotten or decaying teeth must deal with, it also happens if an accident occurs or other issues. It’s easy for tooth chipping or breaking to occur if contact is made at the right angle. Therefore, we’re going to look at answering the question, “Chipped tooth? What happens next?”
Common Causes for a Chipped Tooth:
- Falling and hitting your mouth.
- Cavities weakening your teeth.
- Biting down into hard objects including hard candy, bone, or nuts.
- Injuries from sports.
- Poor nutrition in your diet.
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism).
Why are Chipped Teeth So Problematic?
Different people will respond differently to chipped teeth. It’s dependent on their pain tolerance and how quickly they’re able to respond to the issue by making an appointment with their dentist. Under most circumstances, a chipped tooth isn’t considered a medical emergency. However, they are a cause for concern and should receive monitoring from a professional dentist as quickly after it occurs as possible.
For those who have chipped their tooth to the point of nerve exposure, this could result in pain. Therefore, that may encourage you to seek medical attention sooner. For those who decide to ignore a chipped tooth, it could lead to additional pain, enamel damage, and tooth sensitivity. Furthermore, broken teeth experience nerve exposure that leaves them less protection from mouth bacteria. Under these circumstances, you have an increased risk for infections.
Leaving chipped teeth untreated could potentially lead to:
- Enamel damage
- Smile imperfections
- Tooth loss
- Tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
Depending on the size of the chip in your tooth, it will dictate the type of dental procedure you’ll require and the resulting damage that could occur if you ignore the tooth.
If the chipped tooth has severe damage, tooth extraction may become necessary. However, under most circumstances, chipped teeth are standard dental practice. While chipped teeth are uncomfortable and disconcerting, they don’t mean they’re the end of your track record for good dental health. However, the secret to success regarding the preservation of your smile and sparing yourself undo pain is prompt attention. Preserving your tooth should be your number one priority and preventing the condition from becoming worse.
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