Broken or chipped teeth are one of the most common reasons people see a dentist. Chipped or cracked teeth don’t just happen from getting into a fight, either. Here are just some ways a tooth could be damaged:

  • Teeth grinding, especially while sleeping
  • Eating something especially hard
  • Hitting a tooth on something
  • Taking a spill

No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen to anyone. When something traumatic happens to a tooth, it’s important to see a dentist right away.


Broken or chipped teeth could cause discomfort. You can try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to ease the pain. You could also try ibuprofen or other similar over-the-counter pain-relieving medicines. Severe tooth fractures can run deep enough to expose the nerve tissue. This is something that should be treated by a dentist right away.

Sharp Edges

A chipped tooth, by definition, is a sharp tooth! This can cause injuries to the insides of your cheeks or gums. This type of oral injury can lead to other problems like infection. If the chip is large, it may require the surface to be filled in order to restore it to its original shape.

Tooth Decay

If a chip in a tooth is large enough, it could turn into tooth decay. Tooth decay can weaken your teeth, cause pain, and give you bad breath. Danville Family Dentistry has almost 20 years of experience in broken and chipped teeth, and we use cutting edge technology to keep our patients comfortable and pain-free. You’ll always leave our office with fresh breath!

Broken or Chipped Teeth can Cause Larger Issues

A broken or chipped tooth can lead to worse dental issues. If the crack isn’t fixed right away, it could deepen. Once a tooth is chipped, the crack can easily spread, further weakening the tooth. Crowns and root canals are often required to contain the damage of a broken tooth.

Injuries to teeth happen all the time. The sooner you see a dentist, the more likely you’ll be able to fix a chipped tooth and avoid injury or illness. Luckily, we’re the professionals that can help! The experts at Danville Family Dentistry understand emergencies like broken or cracked teeth. Call us at 317-745-4400 anytime you have an emergency. We’re here for you, Hendricks County!

Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.