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The Difference Between a Cracked and Chipped Tooth


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
 ChippedTooth-831667786.jpgKnowing whether your tooth pain is from a cracked tooth or a chipped tooth is important because cracking and chipping may require different repairs to solve your problem. Here are some similarities and differences between cracked teeth and chipped teeth.

How Do Teeth Crack or Chip?


It becomes easier to crack or chip teeth as you get older because you can lose tooth enamel. The enamel is the hard protective shell on your teeth. You can replace enamel through a healthy diet and taking care of your teeth, but your teeth do thin as you age. Because your teeth get thinner, they are more susceptible to cracking or chipping.

How Are Cracked and Chipped Teeth the Same?


Cracked and chipped teeth are most often caused by regular wear and tear. Tooth issues happen due to an accident or an injury. You may be hit in the mouth when you play a sport or even when you are playing with one of your children or grandchildren. If you are in a car accident, you may have face or head trauma that can crack or chip a tooth as well.

Both cracked and chipped teeth can be a small imperfection in one of your teeth that is barely noticeable. However, if you severely crack or chip a tooth, your first signal that something is wrong may be pain or swelling.

How Are They Different?


One of the main differences between a cracked tooth and a chipped tooth is how they are repaired. If you have a small crack in your tooth, our dentist may be able to fix the crack with a simple bonding procedure. You will not be able to tell a crack was even there! If you have a small chip on one of your back teeth, it may not need a repair for now. However, for a severely cracked or chipped tooth, your tooth may need a crown to cover and protect it.

Are you afraid you have a cracked or chipped tooth? Why not give us a call now and let us make you an appointment to have one of our dentists examine it?

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