Is Your Tooth Chipped?
A missing piece of your tooth is easily noticeable, but chipped teeth aren’t always so obvious. You might be dealing with a chip in your tooth if you notice:
- Rough, jagged surfaces when you run your tongue over your teeth
- Irritated gums around a single tooth
- Sore tongue from it catching on a tooth’s uneven edge
- Pain when biting and chewing, or tooth sensitivity
- A tooth that just feels different than usual
Think you might have a chipped tooth? Let’s fix it! Give our South Reno office a call and let’s see what’s going on.
What Causes a Tooth to Chip?
Slips and falls, contact sports, and other injuries often result in chipped or fractured teeth — but accidents like this aren’t always to blame.
You could just as easily chip a tooth by doing something ordinary — like crunching down on a hard olive pit. Sometimes the cause isn’t as apparent. You might wake up one morning and notice a tooth feels a little funny. What’s going on here?
It’s likely that your tooth has been weakening over time as the result of an underlying issue, making you more susceptible to chips. So while it may appear like your tooth chipped thanks to a rogue popcorn kernel, there’s almost always an underlying cause that’s truly to blame.
Common Causes of Chipped Teeth
Trauma to the face
Slips and falls
Biting down too hard on food
Did you know: You can clench and grind your teeth with a force of up to 250 pounds! It’s no wonder this dental problem is often to blame for a chipped tooth!
What To Do When You Chip Off a Tooth
1. Rinse your mouth out with warm water — this will help stop any bleeding and keep the area clean.
2. Place a cold compress on the face and take an over-the-counter pain med to decrease any inflammation and swelling.
3. If possible, preserve the chipped tooth — we may be able to reattach it. Rinse the piece of tooth in water and place it in a glass of milk
4. Contact your dentist immediately to let them know what happened and make a plan together for fixing the issue.
Schedule a Free Meet-and-Greet Visit
Choosing between a few dentists? Suffer from dental anxiety and need to warm up to an office before committing? We offer complimentary meet-and-greet visits so you can get to know us better. We want you to feel confident with your decision to choose Damonte Ranch Dental Care to fix your chipped tooth.
How to Fix a Chipped Tooth
The best way to fix a tooth will depend on the severity of the chip, the tooth that’s chipped, and the underlying cause.
The most common treatment options include:
- Smoothing the chip
- Tooth reattachment
What Happens If You Don’t Fix a Chipped Tooth?
A chipped tooth is weaker and at higher risk of experiencing more chips or breaking. Larger cracks can reach the interior of your tooth and lead to the need for a root canal.
In extreme cases, too large of a chip could eventually cause tooth loss. We don’t want this to happen!
If you have a crack in your tooth, it’s important to address it as soon as you can.
Get Started Now
If you just chipped a tooth or suspect your tooth may be cracked, request an appointment today.
At Damonte Ranch Dental Care, Dr. Waring will take a look at what’s going on in your mouth and diagnose the underlying cause. We’ll let you know the best way to repair the damage and keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime.
We offer comfortable and compassionate care and want to be your partner in achieving excellent health.
Learn more about what to expect on our new patient page.