A chipped tooth is damage to teeth, which are not moved from their original position. A chipped tooth is usually caused by trauma -- from biting down on something hard to receiving a blow to the face. Tooth decay can also weaken a tooth, eventually causing it to break. Sometimes a chipped tooth will cause a toothache or jaw pain; other times it may lead to tooth sensitivity.
HOW IS CHIPPED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
Typically, there is no one cause for chipped tooth. The chipping or breaking of the tooth can actually happen due to biting onto something very hard and when there is already a dental issue with the tooth. The fact is that tooth decay can weaken the tooth enamel and make it more prone to chipping and breaking.
HOW IS CHIPPED TOOTH TREATED?
The first thing to do when your tooth chips off is to save the broken piece. If only a small portion of the tooth has chipped, it can easily be repaired through a filling or bonding using a composite resin. If a large portion of the tooth has chipped off, then you might need to wear a crown or a cap to cover the rest of the tooth
DID YOU KNOW?
Biting hard food can also lead to chipped teeth and cracks.