Chipped Tooth, Cracked Tooth: What’s The Difference?

Our patients at OnCall Dental in Fresno present us with different types of tooth damage. Any kind of tooth trauma can be scary, and we take even minor damage seriously, and repair it.

Healthy teeth are really strong, but are as vulnerable to injury as any other part of the body. A little roughhousing among friends, an accident on the playing field, or a mishap at home can cause a serious problem.

Treatment Options

Here are the different types of tooth traumas, and what we can do about them.

  • A chipped tooth is probably the least serious. They don’t usually hurt much, although the tooth’s jagged edge can irritate the mouth’s soft tissue. But it’s possible the tooth interior is exposed. Small chips can be filled and polished, while larger chips may required a crown.
  • A cracked tooth may have a fracture near thte gumline, moving to the outer part of the tooth. Cracked teeth are more likely to be painful, and severe cracks can reach the root and destroy the tooth. Smaller ones can be filled with resin, while larger cracks can splinted and may require a root canal.

At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we want to know about any tooth trauma right away. Take no chances! We have a lot of experience with dental emergencies. In an urgent situation no appointment is necessary; walk-ins are welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental (Tap to open in Google Maps):

OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704


OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230


Chipped Tooth: No Big Deal?

That chipped tooth you have may not seem like a big deal. It doesn’t hurt, so it certainly doesn’t merit rushing to OnCall Dental in Fresno for emergency treatment. Or does it?

It’s true that on that grand list of dental emergencies, a chipped tooth isn’t in the top two or three. But it won’t get better on its own. It certainly won’t grow back. If it isn’t treated, it could lead to other problems.

Worse And Worse

A chip may happen because of a cavity that has weakened the tooth structure. That menas that the tooth’s integrity was compromised even before it got chipped. Chances are it will be painful now: to hot and cold, and to pressure.

Perhaps more worrisome is that the tooth is more vulnerable to new cavities and infection. The more severe the chip, the more likely additional problems may develop. If it never gets treated it could lead to an abcess. That an mean needing a root canal, and if it spreads, it could compromise your overall health.

In and of itself, that chipped tooth may not seem to serious. But never take anything for granted. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we treat chipped teeth, and provide complete emergency dentistry. Remember, walk-ins are always welcome!

Contact OnCall Dental (Tap to open in Google Maps):

OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704


OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230


I Broke A Tooth. Now What?

As hard as your teeth are, it is surprisingly easy to break one. It might be weakened by a cavity or you may have an accident. Whatever the cause, a broken tooth is not something to be ignored. Call us at OnCall Dental in Fresno right away.

First, there are different types of broken teeth. One person might consider a chip or crack a broken tooth. From a dental viewpoint these are fairly minor. There are also more significant breaks that, in severe cases, can threaten the tooth’s pulp.

If it happens to you, it’s a serious matter, regardless of the type. We can treat them all, and take them all seriously!

What You Can Do

To repeat, your broken tooth should be treated as soon as possible. Broken teeth have the potential to affect not just your dental health, but your overall health. Call our office right away.

Before you get here, here are some things you should do:

  • Rinse your mouth. Use warm water, plain or salty. Swish it gently around, then spit.
  • Use an icepack. An icepack or cold compress, wrapped in a towel, can reduce any swelling.
  • Apply gauze. There may be some bleeding. If so, gauze can help soak it up. Place it against the tooth and gently bite down if you can. If you don’t have any gauze, you can use a wet teabag instead.

After that, the important thing is to call us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford. We can advise you on whether you need immediate attention. We offer comprehensive emergency dental care. Remember, in an emergency walk-ins are always welcome.

Contact OnCall Dental:

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

What To Do If You Crack A Tooth

A cracked or broken tooth can be frightening, and if it happens to you, remember the team at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford.

Fractured teeth are actually fairly common. Whether you see us immediately depends on a few things. Is there any pain? Even if  there isn’t it’s a good idea to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen. You should also rinse your mouth out right away. Use warm salt water.

You should also call our office right away, even if there isn’t any pain. Describe your condition in as much detail as you can, and from there we can decide on your best course of action.

Some of the factors involved:

  • Location of the tooth in your mouth
  • Severity of the break
  • Your age

A small, surface-level chip may not require any treatment at all. The chipped area can be filed and polished, so there are not jagged edges.

Sometimes cracks involve the entire tooth. These are more serious because they can reach all the way to the nerve. Even if the tooth appears to be one piece, the crack can gradually spread and develop into a split.

More serious is what is called a vertical root fracture, which begins in the tooth root and  moves upward. They don’t always have symptoms and you may not even know one is there. But they can lead to gum and bone infection.

Don’t take anything for granted. Any trauma to the mouth might crack a tooth, even if there aren’t any symptoms, so you should be examined. At OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford we treat all kinds of dental emergencies. In an emergency no appointment is needed. Walk-ins are always welcome!

OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

Chipped Tooth? Take No Chances!

A chipped tooth may not cause you any pain, and may not even seem like much of an emergency. If there is no pain, that’s good. But you should call us at OnCall Dental in Fresno and Hanford, so we can take a look at it and talk about repairs.

It’s so easy to chip a tooth! You might bite down on something too hard, like a cherry pit or ice. Or it could happen in a household accident. Only a dentist can tell how severe it is. If there’s enough damage to expose the pulp, there is a risk of infection.


There are several things we can do to fix a chipped tooth.

  • Bonding. One of the quickest ways to fix a chipped tooth is with bonding. A composite material is placed to the crack and shaped to match the original. We can match the color, too. If you have the chipped-off part of the tooth and it’s in good enough condition, bonding also allows us to re-attach it.
  • Porcelain veneers. Another option is to hide the chip with a porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom-made to fit onto the front of a tooth.
  • Dental crowns. For severe chips, a dental crown may be in order. This is a way to completely cover the chip or break and protect what remains.

At OnCall Dental we specialize in emergency dentistry and have a lot of experience fixing chipped teeth. Remember that in an emergency you do not need an appointment. We have offices in Fresno and Hanford, where walk-ins are always welcome!

OnCall Dental – Fresno
5492 N Palm Ave Ste A
Fresno, CA 93704

OnCall Dental – Hanford
114 W Ivy St
Hanford, CA 93230

What To Do If You Chip a Tooth

Accidents happen when you least expect it. If you chip one of your teeth, you should see us at OnCall Dental in Fresno as soon as possible.

If you’re in a lot of pain, there are things you can do before you get to our office. The first thing is to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofin or acetaminophen.

It’s also a good idea to rinse out your mouth with salt water. This will help to minimize the risk of infection.

With a chipped tooth, there is a good chance you’ll have a jagged or sharp edge. Don’t worry, we can fix it, and we’ll get to that in a moment. In the meantime, though, you can cover it up with a piece of gum (use sugarless). That should keep you from hurting your tongue or cheek. Another idea is to cover it with a piece of wax  paraffin.

Once you get here, we’ll examine the damage and figure out the best way to fix it. There are several options.

Filling or bonding. This is a good choice if the chip is small. If it’s a front tooth we can use a composite resin material that matches the color of your teeth. This is known as bonding, and it can usually be done in one office visit.

Porcelain veneers. For a larger chip, a porcelain veneer is an ideal choice. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain are custom-fitted to your tooth. They’re made in a lab, so it will take more than one appointment. The veneer is affixded to the front of your tooth, leaving you with a natural appearance.

Dental crown. For larger tooth damage, a crown may be in order. A dental crown is made to fit over the remaining portion of the tooth. This will protect it, and keep it functioning normally. Better still, it will look great.

Dental emergencies like chipped teeth are our specialaty, at OnCall Dental in Fresno. Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can schedule an appointment, too!

Chipped Tooth? Call Us!

It can happen easily enough: an accidental elbow in the face, biting down on something too hard, or falling – any of these things can result in a chipped tooth. If it happens to you, don’t panic: head on over to OnCall Dental in Fresno, where emergency dentistry is our specialty.

Rest assured, there are things we can do to repair your chipped tooth. The treatment will depend on how bad the damage is. Sometimes the tooth chip is so small it can be repaired with an ordinary filling.

Other small tooth chips can be repaired by a procedure called bonding. This is when we use a special composite resin that is shaped to look like a natural tooth. It is hardened with an ultraviolet light. The bonding material matches the color of your teeth, so the end result is all but invisible.

Bonding is a simple enough procedure. It usually doesn’t even require numbing of the affected area.

For larger chips, we may use a dental crown. This is especially likely if the chipped tooth has a lot of decay. We’ll grind or file away part of the remaining tooth and cover what’s left with the crown. This protects the remaining tooth and restores a natural appearance.

In severe chips, where the top of the tooth has broken off but the root remains, a root canal may be necessary. Once the damaged area is cleaned up and prepared, a pin or post is placed in the canal. The surrounding area is built up and covered with a crown. It may take a couple of office visits to complete the procedure.

If one of your front teeth is chipped or even broken, a porcelain veneers may be the best option. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that cover the front surface of a tooth.

If you play sports, we highly recommend wearing a mouthguard as protection. Even then, accidents happen. At OnCall Dental in Fresno, our emergency dentistry has you covered, from chipped teeth to toothache relief. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins are always welcome.

Fixing Chipped Teeth

Even when you do everything right, things can go wrong. That’s why we call those things accidents. In spite of your best efforts you can still find yourself with a chipped tooth. If that happens, don’t delay: head over to OnCall Dental in Fresno, where no appointment is necessary.

A chipped tooth is bad news. The good news is that it’s a pretty straightforward repair. We actually have several options when it comes to fixing a chipped tooth, and the one we go with will depend on the nature and severity of the chip.

The quickest way to fix a chipped tooth is with cosmetic bonding. This involves applying a composite material that we can not only shape to match the tooth; we can match the color, too. In many cases there is no need to remove any of the existing tooth surface.

Were you able to find and save the chipped-off part of the tooth? Even better. We can use bonding to reattach it. Chances are it won’t be at all noticeable when we’re finished. If you don’t have the chipped off part we can use the bonding material to replace it.

Another option for fixing a chipped tooth is a porcelain veneer. Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front of a tooth. They’re great for covering small areas of missing tooth.

A dental crown might be considered the ultimate repair, because crowns cover everything. They’re the best option if there are large pieces of tooth that are missing.

Doing everything right to avoid chipping a tooth means different things:

  • Always wear a mouth guard when playing sports
  • Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or anything else
  • Don’t chew on ice, hard candy, or any other hard object
  • Do not grind or clench your teeth

At OnCall Dental in Fresno we specialize in emergency dentistry. We also offer a range of general dentistry procedures. We are here seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Chipped or Broken Tooth: What To Do

Your teeth are among the strongest parts of your body, but they are not invincible. A fall, a collision, or any number of other accidents can result in a chipped or broken tooth. If it happens to you or a loved one, contact OnCall Dental in Fresno right away.

If a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. It’s a serious matter, but if it doesn’t hurt it doesn’t usually require immediate attention. Even if there isn’t any pain, you’re probably going to feel some sharp edges with your tongue. It’s important that you avoid that area when you chew, because chewing might chip it some more. We may be able to smooth out the chip and repair any damage with composite filling.

If your tooth is giving you pain, call us immediately. There could be a serious crack or fracture, with accompanying damage to the inside of the tooth. The sooner you get into the OnCall Dental office, the better. In severe cases it is not always possible to save the tooth.

There are some things you can do before you get to the office:

  • Clean your mouth thoroughly with warm water, swished gently
  • Apply a cold compress to your face to minimize swelling
  • Take a pain reliever with acetaminophen (don’t take aspirin). Brands with acetaminophen include Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer Plus, and NyQuil, but there are many others.

Once you’re here, we will probably take an x-ray. If there is damage to the tooth’s pulp a root canal may be in order. If not, the tooth may only need a crown.

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, take nothing for granted, even if there is no pain. OnCall Dental in Fresno treats dental emergencies on a daily basis. Walk-ins are always welcome, but you can also make an appointment.