ASK DENTIST Dr. John S. Adams, DDS I got a small chip on one of my teeth recently. Do I need to do anything about it? Can I leave it be? It really depends on the chip small chips can require very little while larger chips (and especially cracks) can be more serious and need immediate dental care. Since you said your chip is small, the dental work needed would usually be minor. Small chips can leave the broken area sharp and potentially painful. If that is the case, the dentist simply smooths out the edges to make it more comfortable and keep those sharp edges from possibly causing other damage. If the chip is on a visible location - like the front teeth dental bonding materials can be used to fill in the cracked spot and make your teeth look as good as new. I do recommend scheduling an appointment for your dentist to take a look and verify that the chipped tooth won’t cause any other problems, and that a quick fix would be sufficient. If there is more damage than you think, it is best to get it treated as soon as possible. If you have additional questions, or need to schedule an appointment, call your local dental office. 573.783.4100 731 W. Main St

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