So Jimmy Fallon Chipped His Tooth (And You Can Relate)

Dental Procedure in AlbuquerqueWhat’s the worst way to open a stubborn lid? Just ask funnyman Jimmy Fallon.

The host of NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show” couldn’t open his tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands. Rather than persevere, he used his teeth. And what happened next was anything but funny.

While attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his tooth, which adds to his list of medical problems (e.g. the serious finger injury from months ago). If there’s any moral to his story, it’s this: your tooth isn’t always the right tool for the job.

Fallon isn’t alone in his problem. According to the American Association of Endodontists, a number of patients visit clinics because of chipped teeth.

Chip Off the Old Tooth

According to, a local clinic, while the enamel that covers the teeth is sturdy, it has limits. A blow to the face, falling, or — in Jimmy’s case — biting on something hard may cause the tooth to chip or break.

When you chip or break your tooth, it might not hurt, but your tongue will feel a sharp area often. In some cases, minor fractures are painless, but large pieces might cause a stinging sensation. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged, which sends the sting. You may also experience extreme discomfort due to exposed nerve endings.

Fortunately, modern dentistry may restore chipped teeth.

What Can You Do?

Smaller chips only require cosmetic bonding. Through this procedure, dentists use natural-looking resin to fill the lost parts of the tooth. After building the resin layer by layer, they cure it with a special light until it’s sturdy and shiny. Cosmetic bonding is also convenient because it only requires one office visit and is painless.

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Larger chips or cracks require crowns or veneers. These installations are handy in repairing minor to moderate damages, such as discolorations or chips. You also get that camera-ready smile a number of celebrities wear.

Ever wondered what happened next to Jimmy Fallon? No one’s sure, but one thing’s for certain: he’s back on TV with the same white smile.