Is A Chipped Tooth A Dental Emergency?

If you have a chipped tooth, you may assume this is a minor issue and not one requiring a visit to the dentist. However, even minor chipped teeth actually qualify as dental emergencies. Without treatment, the health and stability of smiles in Des Moines, IA, could be at risk.

Causes of Dental Damage

The layer of outer tooth enamel protects our teeth form harmful bacteria, preventing tooth decay and infection. However, when we damage our teeth, such as chips or breaks, then the outer enamel is compromised and bacteria reach the inner dentin, which is much more sensitive. Cavities then form, leading to discomfort and the risk of more serious oral health issues. You may damage a tooth in a sports injury or even by biting down on a particularly hard piece of food.

How Do I Respond to a Chipped Tooth?

First, see if you can recover the chipped pieces and bring them with you. If not, we can still repair your tooth. You may need to use a piece of cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. A cold compress may be held against the side of the face to reduce swelling. You should see us as soon as possible. Often, we address the issue in a single visit with dental bonding. For more serious damage, we may create a custom-made dental crown.

What Happens If I Ignore the Issue?

Without treatment, cavities may form that eventually lead to dental infections. At this point, your smile needs a root canal. If the issue remains unaddressed, then the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent infection from reaching the surrounding teeth and into the jawbone. If you have any questions about treating chipped teeth or any of our dental emergency services, then contact our team today.

Gateway Dental Group Offers Emergency Dental Care

At Gateway Dental Group, we restore the health and appearance of teeth with our cosmetic and restorative treatments. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Groupcall our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.