May 19, 2015
Broken teeth or chipped teeth can cause a lot of discomfort, pain and emotional trauma. There are a lot of reasons why teeth break.
Here are some of the common causes of broken teeth or chipped teeth:
Tooth grinding– the heavy force of tooth grinding can split teeth even if they are otherwise perfectly healthy. If you think you grind you teeth, or a dentist has seen signs of tooth grinding in your mouth, a night guard will help you protect your teeth as well your jaw joints.
Trauma– Broken front teeth due to trauma are common and cause a lot of emotional anguish. In children, they are often associated with sporting injuries. Wearing a mouth guard will prevent a lot of unnecessary expense and discomfort which can last for a long time in the future.
Existing fillings– Large fillings in teeth can weaken the teeth and cause cusp fractures. Often these fractures are seen around large silver fillings which being metal expand and contract to a different rate to the tooth. tooth cusps fall off after years of a crack being present. Fractured cusps are a common reason for teeth requiring crowns. It is important, however, that we try and keep the remaining parts of the tooth as intact as possible. CEREC technology makes this possible.
Decay– Dental decay or caries can go unnoticed and undermine the enamel of the teeth which then break off easily on eating. Regular check-ups will help avoid such situations.
What can be done about broken or chipped teeth?
Depending on the individual situation, broken teeth or chipped teeth are treated in various ways. When front teeth are broken a resin build up, a crown or a veneer may be recommended. If the chip is very small a minor reshaping may suffice. In severe traumatic cases, root canal treatment or even replacement with implants may be needed.
Fractured cusps in back teeth can be treated with ceramic inlays and onlays, or require a crown. If the fracture extends deep below the gum line, replacement with an implant may be the only solution.
for more information on these treatments please visit the relevant pages or pick up the phone and call us on 82131821. We are happy to speak to you on the phone and book you in for a consultation.