A chipped tooth can be an instant blow to your self-esteem. But it can also become a dental emergency if you don’t take care of it. Teeth tend to chip, most commonly, from a blunt force hit to the face thanks to sports or maybe a bad fall. But there are other, more subtle ways a tooth can chip. Overbites can cause sheet shaped chips off teeth and teeth grinding can severely weaken teeth as well.

Knowing the causes, symptoms, and potential complications of chipped teeth is important to overall dental health.

Enamel is among the strongest substances in your body, so when it breaks, there’s a lot of sensitive material underneath. Bad falls, sports, and teeth grinding can all play a part in causing teeth to chip. How it chips and how badly will give you an idea on how quickly you need to get yourself to a dentist and get it fixed.

Your teeth are strong, but inside they hide sensitive tissue that needs to be protected. Below are some risk factors to consider when it comes to chipped teeth.

Non-Traumatic Causes

If you get knocked in the face, you’ll probably notice a chipped tooth right away. But there are subtler, slower acting ways that can ultimately result in a chipped tooth. This includes your diet–if you eat too much sugar or acidic foods it will wear down the enamel, acid reflux and excessive vomiting from other conditions can cause stomach acid to wear down on your teeth, teeth grinding at night, and age can wear down your enamel.


If you don’t immediately note a chip either by looking at your teeth or feeling a jagged edge, there are other ways to tell. Irritation around the gum of the tooth should draw your attention and pain when pressure is applied to the tooth are both signs of a chipped tooth. Even if you don’t immediately notice the chip, your tongue may get irritated from running over a jagged edge.


If a tooth is chipped bad enough, or a chip is left untreated, there can be complications that go beyond minor pain and cosmetic frustration. A fever or swollen glands in your neck are both signs of an infection, likely from an exposed tooth root. A constant sour taste in your mouth, bad breath, or extreme sensitivity of the tooth are signs that the root and nerve are exposed and are in danger of infection.

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Are There Self-Care Options?

You can’t fix a chipped tooth on your own, but there are ways to manage symptoms and protect the tooth until you can see a dentist. You can place temporary filling material such as dental wax or sugar-free gum over the jagged part of the tooth. Over the counter painkillers can be used to manage pain and you should avoid chewing using the damaged tooth.

What Does it Cost to Fix?

How bad your tooth is damaged and what your dentist recommends to fix it, is going to be a factor in how much it costs. Your dentist should begin with a Free evaluation. Prices will vary depending on what route you decide to go to repair your chipped tooth.

Don’t wait to get your chipped tooth fixed. Before it gets worse or an infection sets in, see your dentist to discuss your treatment options. 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.

Sedki Dentistry has over 15 years experience in restorative dentistry. With practical training and extensive knowledge in basic and advanced dental procedures, you are in good hands with Dr. Sedki. Quality care and a well-trained staff are up-to-date with the latest techniques, technologies, and training to ensure their patients are receiving the best possible dental care available. A healthy and bright smile begins with proper oral health practices and regular dental check-ups. Call today for a Free dental evaluation!