Dentist Questions Chipped tooth

I have had 3 teeth chip in the past year. Is this normal?

In the past year, 3 of my teeth have chipped on different occasions. Is this normal? Why do my teeth keep chipping?

26 Answers

Probably related to your occlusion. Visit your dentist
No it is a sign of grinding of you teeth and you should have it looked at. You may require a bite guard to wear at night. Evaluation could reveal a cause of the grinding and treat it
The outer cover of your teeth is getting weak and frail. It is not normal, but is not desirable. You may be grinding or clenching your teeth. You may be eating or drinking or an abrasive or acidic food or suffer of esophageal reflux. Make sure that you are not opening or cutting things (that is not food) with your teeth. The Dentist can fabricate a protection that will help.
You may have another underlying issues such as grinding or clenching your teeth. Missing posterior support will add more stress to the front teeth and any old restorations can make your teeth more brittle.
Night time grinding and clenching is one possibility. This is treated with a night guard.
Another possibility is teeth with large restorations (fillings), that should be restored with crowns.
You may need both crowns and a night guard.
Teeth or enamel Chipping should not be ignored.
There are various reasons which include weak enamel, caries, decalcifications, bruxism, sleep apnea etc.
You should check with the dentist to check for any of these issues. Treatment is recommended to avoid tooth loss in the future. Thanks.
If you have cavities or older fillings that are leaking it can cause your teeth to chip. Or if you have excessive wear on your teeth they can start chipping. So it would be best to see a dentist and get xrays of the teeth to see what could be causing this to happen.
Most likely stress of your bite is causing this problem and your occlusion, the way your teeth bite, may have to be adjusted or possibly a night guard implemented to restrict the damage that you are doing unconsciously, possibly during sleep.
No, it’s not normal. Usually, there’s 2 major reasons why this would occur:

1. Your teeth are shifting and the teeth can’t come together properly leading to a traumatic bite that leads to your teeth chipping.
2. You have been grinding your teeth to the point that it’s causing them to become weaker and so more prone to chip, weakening them. Either way, you should see a dentist so that they can properly evaluate your bite so that they can prescribe the appropriate treatment for your specific situation.
Are you bleaching your teeth? This can lead to decalcification or demineralization of the teeth making them more likely to chip. Are you clenching or grinding your teeth? This can lead to microfractures and eventual chipping or cracking of teeth.
Your bite may be off. It’s the way your teeth come together when you bite. Certain teeth may be hitting harder than other teeth putting them at greater risk of fracture.
You are likely putting excessive pressure on your teeth, probably during the night. I’d see a dentist to get an exam and invest in an over the counter night guard until the source of your problem is addressed.

Bryant Lee, DMD
Thank you for your question.

This is a loaded question, as chipping teeth is a multifactorial issue. Most commonly, chipping teeth is a result of an imbalanced bite or nocturnal bruxism (teeth grinding at night). As teeth wear in the posterior of mouth with age or wear, front teeth hit more during chewing. The long and short, go see your dentist.
Doesn't sound normal. There has to be an underlining cause for it. Possible clenching. You should have it checked by a dentist.

Dr. Patel
Teeth break for a variety of reasons: decay, old fillings, or just by biting on something hard. This is not unusual.
Usually, it’s an issue with your occlusion or some sort of decay process.

It certainly isn't normal, and may be a symptom of clenching and grinding, or what we call bruxism. You should see a dentist to have your have a thorough examination, to fully determine the cause and the potential treatment options to properly address this situation.
There are a variety of reasons your teeth may chip. Are they towards the front or rear of your mouth? Decay and/or failing restoration, incorrect bite or malocclusion, lack of posterior teeth, clenching, and grinding are some of the things that can cause this. You should see a dentist as most of these things can easily be solved.

I hope this helps.
Short answer - No that is not normal. If you have heavy wear or an aggressive life style that could explain the new developments and damage. If you have heavy wear, your teeth may have reached the point where they have multiple areas of thin and/or unsupported enamel (the hard outer layer) which will now chip with even moderate force. A complete dental exam should help you diagnose the cause and come up with a plan to reduce or eliminate further damage and even possibly restore the damage done. Best of luck!
Thank you for your question.

Certainly, with wear and tear this can happen. The frequency that your teeth are chipping is unusual, though. As for possible causes, you may have developed a new habit of grinding your teeth, either during the day or at night. The grinding can weaken teeth to the point of breaking. This may also be due to teeth that have large fillings. As filling size becomes larger, tooth strength and structure weakens.

I would recommend having your teeth looked at and discuss your concerns with a dentist to determine what the underlying cause may be.

Dr. Meyer
Teeth chip for a multitude of reasons. Maybe the tooth was bumped or injured. Maybe you used your teeth to open a package or chew a pencil or ice. Maybe it was banged by a glass bottle or you bit into something very hard like a fork. Using when something like that happens, you realize what caused the chip. Frequently, what people call a chip is actually a cavity that “fell in”. Anytime there is a change in your oral cavity, please get it checked out by a dentist.
Chipping is due to weakness of the enamel, which is the first layer on the tooth

Thank you for sending in your question. First of all, congratulations on the first step of caring enough about your dental health to inquire about your chipping teeth. Chipped teeth can have many different sources and it varies person to person. Some people are very hard on their teeth and grind during the night while they are dreaming. Other people have large fillings that weaken the tooth, this is why crowns (caps) are placed: to prevent teeth from breaking. I would have a dentist do a comprehensive evaluation for you so we can ensure no more teeth chip or break! We welcome new patients if you are in our area. Hope this helps!

Allison Karen White, DMD
This is not normal, teeth do not chip if there is no cause for it. I will recommend you see your dentist to find out what is causing it.
This is not normal and may have several causes. Grinding your teeth may cause wear and subsequent chipping. The underlying cause may be related to the position of your teeth and an orthodontic consult may be recommended.
It is not normal for teeth to chip. Chipping simply means that excessive abnormal forces greater than the strength of the teeth are affecting the teeth. This generally occurs in one of two ways. Massive force in a fast, single incident such as a traumatic accident or smaller abnormal forces over a longer period of time such as grinding or clenching. As your question states that the chipping has occurred over a year, it seems likely that this isn't related to a traumatic accident. A proper examination by a dentist skilled in functional occlusion is recommended. Chipping is often the symptom, so before "fixing" the chips, you will want to address the actual cause(s).