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If you break off a small piece of tooth, do you need to go to the dentist?

Started 1280167320.67 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1280205279.903 by SandyMG

This is a back upper tooth. A piece broke off, but it doesn't bother me and it doesn't hurt at all. Do I need to go have him look at it? I hope this isn't a dumb question.

It actually came out when I was flossing.

Mima

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Mama Mia1280167473.2238513 PostsRegistered 3/4/2008

I would if it were me. Your dentist may be able to smooth it over more and also check the stability of the rest of the tooth.

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ennui1280167553.99719957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007

I'd go now, before it gets worse. Hopefully, there's enough left to place a crown.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

MopsyGirl1280167704.3072575 PostsRegistered 2/15/2008

I would also go see the dentist. If it chipped into the enamel, you could have decay start and end up with a large filling. Or, if it causes trauma to the root, the root could die and you could end up with a root canal. My daughter broke off her front tooth last Christmas and ended up with a root canal and a filling.

mima1280167803.81714339 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 7/26/2010 ennui said:

I'd go now, before it gets worse. Hopefully, there's enough left to place a crown.

It's just a chip. I just measured the chip. LOL It is about 1/4 inch across circle and 1/16th thick. It isn't a big chunk.

Mima

funinthesun1280167870.3437305 PostsRegistered 11/11/2006Colorado

I get my teeth cleaned every six months. I have waited until my cleaning when a bit of my tooth broke off. I ended up having to do a root canal on that tooth but it wouldn't have mattered if I had gone in earlier.

AnikaBrodie1280168079.1315017 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys

I would go. The tooth could become infected ... and you don't want that.

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Silver Lin­ing1280168278.053616 PostsRegistered 4/15/2010

Is there a filling in that tooth?

flowercita1280168356.59216 PostsRegistered 12/11/2009

Its better that u make an appt. to see a dentist. The same thing happenend to me, i didnt think it would matter, let it go for 2 months and then i started having sensitivity and the it turned to pain... and when i get the dentist it was too late... root canal.... $2000 that i could save if i went to see the dentist sooner....

chickenbutt1280168498.50323567 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

The thing is, the tooth is constructed from the inside out with different layers of stuff (sorry, don't have technical names). If you chip off a piece you are making other layers vulnerable and - well, all that RTS said in reply #3.

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mima1280168585.56714339 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 7/26/2010 Silver Lining said:

Is there a filling in that tooth?

Yes, there is a filling. But it was the actual tooth that broke off. I didn't even think about looking at it to see if there was a filling or not in that tooth. I'm thinking more of that tooth is gone, I better call.

Thank you all for the advice.

Mima

Good Bye W­ith Love1280168859.014342 PostsRegistered 6/28/2006

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Miss Lorra­ine1280169141.7536805 PostsRegistered 3/23/2007

Yes.

mima1280169166.92714339 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 7/26/2010 whiteSparrow said:
On 7/26/2010 mima said:
On 7/26/2010 Silver Lining said:

Is there a filling in that tooth?

Yes, there is a filling. But it was the actual tooth that broke off. I didn't even think about looking at it to see if there was a filling or not in that tooth. I'm thinking more of that tooth is gone, I better call.

Thank you all for the advice.

I think..... you will have to have a crown this time.

Ouch (on the pocketbook)! It is a big filling. I just called the dentist office and they are suppose to call me back in a few minutes.

Mima

~bunny~1280169527.659850 PostsRegistered 5/17/2010
On 7/26/2010 Mama Mia said:

I would if it were me. Your dentist may be able to smooth it over more and also check the stability of the rest of the tooth.

mm

ITA go before it gets worse like a root canal and cap.

bunny can't wait for Spring!

Good Bye W­ith Love1280170516.854342 PostsRegistered 6/28/2006

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stevieb1280170880.52328216 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007

I would, because it could be the start of something worse and by having it attended to now, you might save the tooth in the long run... I know, not the answer you were hoping for...

bonnielu1280174093.8975583 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Western Maryland

I would go and as a matter of fact I DID GO, similar situation. It was a minor repair. If I had waited it might have gotten worse. The chip might be a symptom of an underlying cavity or general weakness of the tooth. I would check it out. I had a cavity and it has all been taken care of and the tooth was saved.

missyw11280174694.7732117 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007

Only if it hurt, in my situation.

JuJu Squee­zey1280174762.53714444 PostsRegistered 4/22/2009Space Coast FL

Once it's broken the enamel barrier is broken and decay can happen easier.

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barbados1280175686.60714405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007

Of course you have to!!!! If you eat something on that tooth it's only going to break even more.

LeapFrog1280176000.567722 PostsRegistered 2/27/2007Kent OH

I wouldn't say it's an emergency if it isn't painful, but if the tooth has a filling in it, it is possible there is a crack in the filling that could end up getting infected if you wait too long. Make an appt to see your dentist and have him/her take a look at it to be sure.

Silver Lin­ing1280176257.7433616 PostsRegistered 4/15/2010

Mima, sorry I was not here to see your last response until now. If you check back later, let us know what the dentist's office said.

cinebee1280176525.8776462 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007

Go.

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purrmom1280186125.3133399 PostsRegistered 5/27/2010Mid-MO

What are you going to do if it starts hurting & maybe you have to wait weeks for an appointment?

SailingAway1280186471.7735136 PostsRegistered 12/31/2008NC/FL

Yes...the tooth is weak & fractured. See your dentist before you do more damage/

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