A chipped or broken tooth deserves immediate dental care. Negligence could lead to infection, pain, or loss of the tooth. Watch out for common causes of chipping or braking a tooth. Too late? Find out how to care for it, and how to fix it.
Common causes of chipped or broken teeth are:
These careless causes are preventable. Thus chew carefully any hard foods, combat any bruxism with an appropriate device, wear a mouth guard during contact sports, and use teeth only for eating.
Less common and preventable are the following causes:
These all compromise a tooth’s strength, making it more prone to chips and breaks.
To fix a chipped tooth, your dentist can bond it (if in front), fill it (if in back), or simply smooth it out (if small chip).
To repair a broken tooth, your options are filling or dental bonding for smaller breaks, and dental crown or dental implant for bigger breaks. Effectiveness, risk, and cost all vary across these options.
Care for your chipped or broken tooth, prior to the dentist, as follows:
If your chipped tooth hurts, the tooth nerve is affected, and can become infected, entailing a root canal.