If you feel any sharp roughness on a tooth, it is most likely a chip – other symptoms may include tooth sensitivity to temperature or pressure or general tooth pain.
Any damage to the surface of your teeth can increase exposure and irritation to the pulp, the innermost layer of your tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. Increased tooth sensitivity to temperature or chewing is also present.
Untreated chips have a higher tendency to catch and trap bacteria which will increase chances of developing cavities, it’s still recommended to seek a dentist for a professional evaluation.
In most cases, restorations are semi-permanent and can last many years, remember that a restored tooth is never as strong as a natural tooth, so take care!
Full extraction is only used in very severe cases where the tooth structure is completely unsalvageable by other means.
Avoid eating very hard foods or use your teeth to do any tasks outside of chewing such as opening bottles or holding onto objects. For athletes or even the recreational player, wear proper safety gear especially in higher impact sports for personal safety.