How a Dental Chip Can Go from No Problem to One Big Problem


Posted on 10/11/2021 by Thomas Wold, DMD
How a Dental Chip Can Go from No Problem to One Big ProblemThe enamel, a tough outer layer of your teeth, is one of the strongest tissues in your body. However, the enamel can be damaged when excessive pressure is applied. Excessive wear and tear or a forceful blow can result in dental chips. While dental chips might seem harmful, they can quickly turn into a big problem. This is why you need to visit our offices for professional care immediately you notice a dental chip. Some of the results of a dental chip include tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Decay


When not treated on time, a dental chip can turn into tooth decay. This happens when the protective enamel is damaged. Given that the enamel plays a crucial role in preventing bacterial intrusion, its damage will leave your tooth susceptible to bacteria. Within a short period, bacteria will enter your tooth and cause oral infections like tooth decay. As a result, you will start experiencing severe toothaches that can be very uncomfortable. Cases of tooth decay are often accompanied by bad breath. This will lower your confidence and the ability to interact with others freely.

Tooth Sensitivity


A dental chip could also result in tooth sensitivity. The enamel protects the underlying nerves and dentin that are highly sensitive. When the enamel is damaged by chipping, the underlying dentin and nerves are exposed. This will see you experience sensitivity when drinking hot or cold beverages. The sensitivity can get very uncomfortable and affect your ability to enjoy food. If the condition is not treated, it can spread to surrounding teeth and increase the risk of tooth loss. This will affect not only your smile but also your oral health. Therefore, it is important to visit our offices for treatment immediately after you notice a dental chip. Schedule a consultative appointment with us for more information on the dangers of dental chips.
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