A minor accident might have caused you a little chip on a tooth. You probably take it as something trivial and something that does not require immediate attention. Smaller chips are mostly not an immediate dental health issue except when they are sharp and they can potentially cut your gums. However, there are cases when the chip can result in more severe issues like pain, swollen glands, infected roots, bad breath and hot/cold sensitivity.
- The sharp edges of the chipped teeth can cut your gums and tongue
- Deep chips can affect the root of your teeth and it can be infected and inflamed.
- It can also cause decay which can lead to sensitivity and bad breath
- Minor chips can get bigger over time and can lead to more problems that may necessitate extractions or root canals
It is always advisable to see a dentist when you sustain a chipped tooth. Typically, small chips do not require major repairs. But a dentist will recommend to file it or fill it with a dermal bond to smoothen the sharp edges. However, major cracks may need more extensive treatment. The pulp can be damaged in some major chips. Since the dental pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue the pain can be excruciating. It is also prone to infection and thus, requires a major dental procedure.