You bit down into a piece of hard candy and chipped a tooth. It's in the back of your mouth, so do you really need to repair it? The answer is that it depends on your situation.
What to Consider After You Chip a Tooth
No two chips are the same. Some are painful, extending into the deep dentin layer of the teeth, while other small chips may not even reach through the enamel.
These chips that affect only the enamel may sometimes be fine to leave alone as long as they don't cause you any discomfort. However, chips that expose deeper layers of the teeth must be repaired in order to relieve pain and to prevent decay.
Chipped Teeth May Cause Additional Tooth Damage
One of the reasons it is so important to repair a chipped tooth is to prevent further damage. A tooth that has been chipped will be more susceptible to additional damage until is a repair is made. The softer tissue under the enamel will be vulnerable to damage without the harder layer to protect it. Cavities and decay may result.
Additionally, should the pulp of the tooth be exposed as a result of a chip, you may be putting your overall health in jeopardy.
The pulp may become infected, elevating bacteria and toxins within your bloodstream. This will increase your risk of infection in other parts of your body. So, even if a damaged tooth doesn't hurt, it has the potential to cause other problems and needs to be corrected.
If you have a tooth that has sustained damage, it is important to talk to your dentist right away. Even if you think the chip is small and not a problem, we'll inspect it and provide our expert opinion. If it is a serious issue, we'll create a plan that will correct the problem as quickly as possible.
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