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Hi, I chipped my front tooth (#8) 4 days ago. The chip was small. I went to the dentist 2 days later. They x-rayed my teeth and asked me if my tooth felt sensitive. I said no because my tooth was only slightly tender. They told me that the chip was only cosmetic so I went home and ate a piece of cake. Right after I ate the cake my tooth was a bit achey for about an hour or maybe longer. Yesterday I drank a cold glass of water and my tooth felt sensitive to that also. Today my tooth felt a bit numb all day. Should I go back to the dentist? What could be causing the sensitivity? Would getting the chip filled protect my tooth from sensitivity and protect it from further chipping?

Dear Sherie,

It sounds like your tooth lost enough enamel to expose the underlying dentin, which is likely sensitive to sweet and cold.  Go back to your dentist.  Tell him that your tooth has become sensitive to sweet and cold, and ask him what you should do now.

My recommendation for most tooth chips is that they be treated with bonding material to coat the dentin exposure, protect the tooth, and restore it to its former shape and size.

Please let me know what happens.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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