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Is a Chipped Tooth Really a Big Deal?

Dentists are frequently asked questions about chipping a tooth—“Is it that big a deal? Doesn’t it depend on how big the chip is? If it is just a little chip, it can’t be that bad…can it?” The answers to these questions are variations of the same theme. Yes, chipping a tooth means you have lost valuable tooth structure and potentially laid the foundation for additional chips and cracks. Or you may need a root canal if the chip is close to the pulp containing the nerve and it doesn’t heal properly from the trauma.

As for repairing a chipped tooth, Dr. Giesy can usually fix minor chips with modern bonding techniques using tooth-colored filling materials. For larger chips that involve more tooth structure, Dr. Giesy may suggest a crown (cap) or a veneer. The most important thing to remember is that if you chip a tooth, you need to see your dentist for a proper evaluation and treatment remedy. Call your Dr. Giesy and your dental team in Tacoma, WA today to make sure things don’t get worse.

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