What Happens If You Chip a Tooth?


A person may chip a tooth for a variety of reasons. Everything from playing sports to biting down on peach pit can sometimes break a tooth. What happens when you chip a tooth? What can you do to return your chipped tooth to full function and appearance?

The Dangers of a Chipped Tooth

While a chipped tooth may seem like a purely cosmetic issue, damaged teeth actually increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. A thin layer of enamel protects our teeth. The enamel prevents bacteria from reaching the sensitive inner tooth structure. A broken tooth exposes these sensitive layers of structure to bacteria, leading to tooth decay. Without treatment, a cavity may continue to spread. This can cause an infection that could require a root canal or even an extraction. The symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Toothaches
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever
  • Sharp pain when chewing

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis, you may have an infected or abscessed tooth. You should contact your Southlake dentist right away for treatment.

Options for Restoring Your Tooth

Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic and restorative options for repairing a damaged tooth. First, your Southlake dentist will examine your teeth and decide which procedure will best restore your smile. We offer three popular forms of smile restoration:

  • Dental Bonding: Using a layer of composite resin, Dr. Wright will reshape a chipped tooth.
  • Dental Crowns: A crown is a cap that fits over the visible portion of the tooth, protecting the remaining tooth structure and preventing further infection.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Made using thin shells of porcelain, veneers are placed over the front of the tooth, completely transforming the appearance of your smile.

We’ll give you something to smile about. To learn more about dental bonding or porcelain veneers in Southlake, TX, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Wright or Dr. Victoria Heron, contact us at (817) 481-7999. Dr. Wright, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, welcomes patients living in Southlake, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, Westlake, and the surrounding areas.