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Should a chipped tooth be treated?
Q: Eight months ago my 3-year-old fell in the bathtub and chipped her front tooth. I called my dentist, who suggested watching it since it wasn't loose or hadn't moved. I have noticed it darkening to gray over the last few months. After her first dental visit the dentist recommended watching for signs of an abscess, such as a blister in the gums above the tooth. Should we get a second opinion?
A: It sounds like your dentist is on the right path. Teeth can bruise just like other parts of the body. The difference is a bruise on your skin will heal and return to its natural color. A tooth is a solid structure that doesn't heal, so the bruise may become permanently dark. Call the dentist again if there is any pain or swelling around the tooth, or if it becomes loose.