Chipped teeth

Chipped teeth

Chipped teeth : what are the causes ?

There are many causes of chipped teeth :

  • Accidental falls
  • Traffic accidents
  • Chewing hard food
  • Enamel lesions
  • Bruxism
  • Caries

Just think of the smiles of children whose baby teeth which are structurally less strong than permanent teeth can easily be broken or get hurt due to falls between outdoor games, chases or bicycle accidents.


Like children's teeth, those of older people are exposed to injury. After many years, the teeth are more fragile and therefore more prone to fracture especially when chewing hard or crunchy foods.

In fact, even adults are not exempt from these episodes. Road accidents in cars or motorcycles or even sports activities involving physical contact are often the most common causes of chipped teeth.

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Chipped teeth : how do they appear ?


You may not think a small chip is very important, but it can still cause damage. Small chips can be sharp, cutting your tongue and your gums. A larger chip can affect the root of your tooth, cause pain and temperature sensitivity and thus lead to tooth decay and bad breath.

Chipped teeth are one of the main consequences of the accidental falls since childhood. Dentistry and cosmetic treatments are now effective in repairing the damage.

In addition to the embarrassment and especially when the incisors are damaged, the pain causes also a great discomfort that can result from trauma to the mouth.

As we have already mentioned, today, dental techniques are at the forefront and can intervene with non-invasive solutions by repairing chipped teeth, smoothing them or rebuilding them.

The symptoms of chipped teeth

    The edges of the tooth may feel rough or sharp. This will irritate the tongue and cheek. Tiny chipped teeth are not accompanied by any pain, however, if a large enough piece of the tooth breaks off, the nerve or internal blood vessels may also be damaged, resulting in severe pain.

    The intensity of the pain caused by a chipped tooth varies depending on the type of trauma that has been encountered.

    Its symptoms are as follow :

  • Toothache
  • Swelling
  • Pain when chewing
  • Hypersensitivity

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How to prevent chipped teeth ?


There are many different ways to prevent chipped teeth :

  • To limit the amount of sugar consumption:
  • It is important to reduce your consumption of sugar and this for your health and your teeth as an excess of sugar can cause you real problems of health in addition to the appearance of cavities and chipped teeth.

  • To avoid chewing ice or hard candy:
  • Chewing ice or hard candy can chip the enamel of your teeth.

  • Do not open packages with your teeth:
  • Opening packages with your teeth can damage them a lot.

  • To take vitamins and minerals:
  • Your teeth need vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K, Magnesium.

  • To opt for a healthy diet:
  • You will have to change your bad food habits and consume more vegetables and fruits.

  • To visit your dentist regularly:
  • Visiting your dentist regularly for check ups is very important and necessary as it allows you to maintain healthy teeth.

How to treat chipped teeth ?


It is possible to treat chipped teeth thanks to dental veneers which are made of composite or porcelain and placed on the teeth.

This technique is very effective and allows the patient to have healthy teeth while improving their appearance especially in the case of chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.

Dental veneers treatment is performed through several sessions depending on the case of each patient.


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