Despite the fact that enamel — the protective outer covering on your teeth — is the hardest material in the human body, chipping or cracking a tooth is relatively common. Maybe you chipped your tooth playing sports, or maybe it happened doing something much more mundane, like biting down on an errant nut shell.
Either way, a seriously cracked tooth warrants emergency dental care, and even a minor chip should be evaluated by a dentist as quickly as possible. To provide the treatment your tooth needs to avoid complications, not to mention to restore the appearance of your smile, Melissa Daza, DDS and Michelle Schwartz, DDS, are here. Along with their Bucktown Wicker Park Dental team, they can help you correct your chipped tooth from the comfort and convenience of our office in Tempe, Arizona.
To help you understand why you should see a dentist about your chipped tooth, let’s take a look at the potential complications that can arise.
The issues that can arise from a chipped tooth
When you fracture other bones in your body, they heal. But that’s not the case with teeth. Left unchecked, the chip in your tooth can progress farther, even reaching the point that it compromises your whole tooth.
Even if it doesn’t lead to tooth loss, a chip can expose the sensitive root of your tooth, which causes pain when you eat and difficulty enjoying hot or cold foods and drinks.
Once your tooth root is exposed, it’s at risk for an infection, too. Beyond increased sensitivity, a bacterial infection can cause symptoms like:
- An abscess
- A bad taste in your mouth
- A fever
- Swelling in your neck and jaw
Clearly, the issues with a chipped tooth can escalate. Fortunately, by getting your tooth treated, you can avoid these problems.
Fixing a chipped tooth
Here at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental, Dr. Daza and Dr. Schwartz provide convenient, comfortable care for chipped and cracked teeth.
If the issue is caught early, we apply treatment to prevent the crack or chip from spreading. If the breakage is minor, it may only require a quick, simple fix like dental bonding. If it’s more severe, we can fit you with a crown to protect the tooth moving forward.
Don’t worry. Your crown doesn’t have to mean multiple trips to our office over multiple days. We offer CEREC crowns here at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental .
If your chipped tooth has allowed infection into the root of your tooth, we’re also available to perform a root canal to stop the infection and save your tooth.
Ultimately, the sooner you get dental care for a chipped tooth, the easier things should be. For the right treatment to restore your smile and minimize complications, call our office in Chicago, Illinois, or book your appointment online today.