Unless you are experiencing severe pain or bleeding, a chipped or cracked tooth is NOT an emergency. That said, you should contact us soon after the chip occurs and make sure to mention that you have a broken tooth so that we can get you an appointment as quickly as possible.
After a thorough evaluation, your dentist will decide a course of action. This usually ends up being simply a matter of smoothing out the tooth for small chips, or for a larger break, your dentist may fill in the space with a composite material that matches your other teeth.
A broken tooth might also warrant crowning. A crown would give the tooth more strength and help protect the tooth against chipping in the future.