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Why It Is Important to Repair a Chipped Tooth
It is important to repair a chipped tooth promptly to prevent the issue from worsening or symptoms of the chipped tooth from lingering for longer than what is necessary. When seeking prompt care for a chipped tooth, the treatment is often less invasive and more affordable for the patient as well.
The importance of chipped tooth repair and prevention
When visiting a dentist for chipped tooth treatment, the dentist can relieve the symptoms, restore the tooth’s health, function, and appearance and help educate the patient on ways to prevent a chipped tooth moving forward, which may involve wearing a nightguard. The following highlights the importance of repairing a chipped tooth and preventing additional chips from occurring.
A chipped tooth could cause severe discomfort
Most instances of a chipped tooth lead to discomforting symptoms, such as an aching pain in the affected area, gum swelling, and teeth and gum sensitivity. The symptoms can extend for a prolonged period of time if proper care is not provided after the chip occurs. In some instances, the swelling and discomfort can last for weeks and significantly increase the likelihood of other oral health complications (see below).
A chipped tooth could lead to an oral infection
A chipped tooth could lead to an oral infection if the tooth is not treated in a timely manner. Although the initial symptoms may go away for minor chips, the tooth is still more vulnerable to an infection that requires root canal therapy to save the tooth.
The treatment for a chipped tooth may become more extensive
If prompt care is administered, then the patient may only need a crown or dental bonding to address the concern. However, a chipped tooth that is left untreated can either chip more or become infected. When this occurs, the tooth may need a root canal to prevent tooth loss and avoid the infection from spreading.
The patient could lose their tooth if a chipped tooth is left untreated
As mentioned, tooth loss is the inevitable result if a chip goes untreated. While some minor chips can not show any symptoms for years, eventually the chip can worsen and put the tooth in jeopardy, whereas a dentist can restore its health long-term.
A chipped tooth causes a cosmetic concern
One of the main reasons patients desire prompt care for a chipped tooth is to address the cosmetic concern that it causes. A chip is often highly noticeable to others, especially if it occurs in the front of the mouth. Many patients report feeling much more confident in their smiles after chipped tooth repair.
Schedule a consultation for chipped tooth treatment
If you have suffered a chipped tooth, then we encourage you to give our dental team a call as soon as possible to schedule a visit for the next available time. We are also glad to answer any questions or address any concerns you have in regard to your chipped tooth and help you stay calm, relaxed, and comfortable throughout the treatment process.
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