What Happens When Dental Chips Do Not Get Treated

Should you chip your tooth when playing sports or chewing on a hard food item, it is important that you give our office a call. You may not believe that a chip is a big deal, but if your tooth isn’t examined and treated, other problems may result. These are some of the dangers of failing to treat a dental chip.

Pain and Sensitivity Further Breakage

A severe chip in a tooth can be painful, and it can also affect your sensitivity levels. Some chips are the result of a cavity, meaning the tooth is already in a weakened state. Putting pressure onto the chipped tooth can cause immense pain, and hot and cold temperatures may also be painful. You may find it difficult to drink coffee or eat ice cream due to the vulnerable state of your tooth.

Tooth Infection

A seriously chipped tooth will expose the important inner structures of the tooth. This makes the tooth more prone to infections and cavities. Continuing on without treatment could lead to further nerve damage, and an abscess may form. This severe infection can be dangerous to the health of your tooth and the rest of your body.

Further Breakage


A chip compromises the integrity of your tooth. When the tooth has a weakened structure, it makes the rest of the tooth more likely to break. Simply chewing on the wrong thing could cause the chip to worsen, breaking the tooth completely. A broken tooth requires more extensive treatment to repair and may ultimately be more expensive than correcting a minor chip when right when it happens.

Your chipped tooth might not seem like a major problem at first, but it is unwise to ignore it rather than seeking out treatment. Call us today to find out more about how we can treat your chipped tooth.