Will A Chipped Tooth Become Decayed?

When a tooth is chipped or cracked, immediate attention is necessary. Otherwise, what may seem like a minor problem could soon morph into something that threatens the stability of your tooth. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about how we repair chipped teeth and prevent them from becoming decayed or infected!

The Links Between Damage and Decay

Our teeth are protected by an outer layer of enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. However, if this layer becomes compromised, then bacteria could reach the inner dentin which is much more sensitive. A cavity then forms, one that also grows and spreads with time to the inner pulp unless treated. An advanced cavity could then lead to infection, and even the risk of tooth loss! If a tooth is chipped, this could expose the dentin. A serious fracture could also expose the pulp and cause serious complications.

Responding to Your Chipped Tooth

If you chip a tooth, try to recover any pieces if you can and bring them to the office with you. If you can’t, don’t worry, we can still fix your smile! Rinse your mouth water warm water and use a bit of cloth or gauze to control any bleeding. To prevent swelling, place a col compress or ice pack against the side of your face. You can take a pain reliever and then see our team as quickly as possible. If you sustain an injury and don’t see obvious damage, still let us know. Often a fracture is nearly invisible to the naked eye, but could still expose your tooth.

Single Visit Repairs

With cosmetic dental bonding, we can often repair teeth in a single visit. We remove any decay and then carefully clean the tooth. We then prepare the composite resin, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic that is shaded to match the color of your tooth. We apply the material in several layers and then sculpt it as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit! For more substantial damage, then we also have custom dental crowns and porcelain veneers. If you have any questions about repairing chipped teeth with cosmetic dentistry, then contact our team today. Don’t let minor damage lead to more serious complications for your oral health!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team would like to help you enjoy a stronger and more attractive smile. For more information on our cosmetic treatment options or to schedule your next consultation, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.