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How do I know if I have a chipped tooth?

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A chipped tooth can become a serious problem in the short and long term . Well, being the result of cavities and infections , it can severely harm our oral health in different ways.

Tooth decay, as you will understand, is a common condition that affects 80-90% of the population . Therefore, it is a problem to which we must pay close attention. Since they do not always hurt and not all of them are visible.

However, a chipped tooth is usually more accurately identified. Which is why we are going to help you understand this matter a little more.


What is a chipped tooth like?

When we talk about “pitted tooth” we refer specifically to a tooth with cavities with holes or significant fractures. This can lead to pain when chewing, bad breath, infections, and damage to other teeth .

In the long term, this may also require endodontic treatment in order to prevent tooth loss. If this happens, the placement of dental implants will be necessary.

The rescue of the tooth, on the other hand, will depend on the condition of the tooth.

Can a chipped tooth get infected?

Yes, a chipped tooth can easily become infected. To know if, in fact, we have an infection, we first need to know the concepts of enamel, dentin and pulp .

Go for it:

  • Enamel: Visible tooth layer. It is resistant and protects dental tissue.
  • Dentin: Layer between the enamel and the pulp.
  • Pulp: Also known as the dental nerve, it is the most sensitive area of the tooth and is made up of nerve endings.

Treatment for chipped tooth

If you identify holes or fractures in the teeth or, in this case, you feel discomfort, sensitivity or notice that the color of the tooth is different, not only do you have cavities, but you may also be suffering from other dental problems.

We are talking about a frequent problem, clearly. But, as we well know, it is important to go to the dentist as soon as possible:

  • Dental filling: For advanced cavities, treatment with dental filling is necessary, which is a material that is applied when the lesion has advanced to the point of damaging the enamel.
  • Dental crowns: Dentists may also recommend the use of dental crowns. Since, if it is necessary to restore the tooth completely, the original piece can be maintained by using a crown.
  • Endodontics: If the cavities have affected the nerve, a root canal treatment is necessary . With this we remove the molar pulp and replace it with a prosthetic filling.
  • Dental extraction : In extreme cases it is necessary to extract the chipped tooth. To solve problems of occlusion, functionality, etc, it is important to resort to the placement of a dental implant to replace the extracted piece.

Consequences of a chipped tooth

The consequences of a chipped tooth can be many. From intense pain and infections to tooth loss . Caries, it should be noted, can spread and affect deeper layers, as well as other teeth.

In addition to considerably improving hygiene, the ideal is to attend regular dental consultations . Tooth decay occurs due to a combination of factors:

  • bacteria in the mouth
  • Frequent intake of sugary drinks and desserts
  • Poor dental cleaning
  • Substance abuse

If we improve our consumption habits, we improve our oral health. Therefore, this also requires monitoring and preventive maintenance.

For appointments and information on insurance and payment methods, contact us. We are SOFDental , allies of oral health.

Dr Martin

By: Dr. Martín Ramírez
Dental Surgeon at SOFDental.


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