Could a Chipped Tooth Be a Dental Emergency?

When most people think of a dental emergency, they may immediately think of severely damaged, loose, or lost teeth. They rarely consider the chipped tooth that they may have put up with for years now, or how the damage may be affecting the rest of their oral health. Even if a chipped tooth doesn’t hurt, it can lead to a variety of other issues that require increasingly more complex treatment. Fortunately for patients in Garland, TX, we can perform emergency treatment on chipped, broken, or otherwise compromised teeth so that you can minimize its effect on your long-term oral health.

Why Any Tooth Damage Matters

Regardless of the severity of your chipped or damaged tooth, the fact that your tooth’s structure is compromised makes it an emergency to some degree. Unlike other tissues in your body, your teeth won’t heal or develop scar tissue to protect the damaged area. Instead, it will remain compromised and likely grow worse the longer it’s left untreated. That includes something as minor as a tiny, chipped corner or edge of your tooth. The more your opposing teeth apply pressure as you bite and chew, the more damage the tooth will sustain. Eventually, it may become too damaged to save or be exposed to severe, internal tooth infection.

How to Treat the Emergency

The good news is that, if your chipped tooth has not yet become severely damaged, then we may be able to restore it with minimally invasive treatment, such as cosmetic tooth bonding. Rather than preparing and capping the tooth with a crown, we can use custom, tooth-colored composite resin to rebuild the chipped area of the tooth, restoring its healthy and whole appearance as well as its ability to effectively withstand your bite pressure.

Schedule an Emergency Dental Visit Today

If your tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken, then you may need emergency treatment to alleviate the discomfort and restore your tooth’s health and integrity. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.