Chipped teeth are an unavoidable part of life. We get them chipped as kids, perhaps, when we play sporting events or go too hard on the playground. We can them as adults from wear and tear and maybe lost enamel. But there are varying degrees of severity when it comes to chipped teeth.

There are also varying levels of response you need to consider when it comes to how to tackle a chipped tooth.

There are dozens of causes that go into why a tooth might chip. You also need to keep in mind that not all chipped teeth are going to hurt or be obvious to you. You need to be vigilant to keep your teeth and overall dental hygiene safe from potential damage that you don’t even know is there. Chipped teeth can be benign and annoying, but they can also be severe and lead to further complications if not treated effectively and timely.

Below is some quick information about chipped teeth and how best to handle your chipped tooth case.


Chipped teeth can come from a variety of causes and often the cause of your chipped tooth is going to help determine how severe it’s going to be. Long term cavities can weaken your teeth and lead to chipping. You may also have underlying bite issues that lead to chipping in vulnerable teeth, a habit of poor hygiene that has weakened teeth, a hard or traumatic hit that has broken off a portion of your tooth, or you may experience excessive tooth grinding.

Initial Care

Once you’ve noticed you have a chip, there are a few important things to do to make sure it’s well cared for before seeking out professional treatment. Rinse your mouth and the tooth specifically with warm water, gently. If you notice any bleeding, apply pressure with gauze to help stop the bleeding and protect the area. Next, cover the area with over-the-counter dental cement until you can see your dentist next.


For small chips in small teeth, your dentist will likely smooth the tooth over or polish it to get rid of any sharp edges. Slightly larger chips may require a fill or crown to protect the tooth from further damage. If the chip is large enough to expose the nerve and core of the tooth, a root canal will be in order to prevent infection and further, more serious damage.

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How Can I Take Care of It After Treatment?

Monitor your treated chipped tooth after treatment and practice good dental hygiene every day. You can start using enamel protecting toothpastes and avoid acidic foods or foods that are known to cause weaknesses in teeth.

What If My Tooth Is Crack?

Cracked teeth and chipped teeth are different. You can have minor cracks that don’t require treatment, or you may have a more serious crack or even split tooth or split root that requires invasive dental procedures to prevent further damage and discomfort.

Be aware of your dental hygiene and know how to best treat your chipped teeth to prevent further, more complicated problems! Our Commerce MI dental office offers many dental treatments to repair chipped teeth. Bonding, dental veneers, dental crowns and dental implants to name a few.

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