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Broken or Chipped Teeth
Broken teeth or chipped teeth can cause a lot of discomfort, pain and emotional trauma. There are many 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 your teeth, or a dentist has seen signs of tooth grinding in your mouth, a nightguard will help you protect your teeth as well your jaw joints.
Broken Front Teeth – Broken front teeth due to trauma are common and cause considerable emotional anguish. In children, broken teeth often occur during sporting injuries. Wearing a mouth guard will prevent a lot of unnecessary expense and discomfort, which can linger 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 – Fractured cusps are a common reason for teeth requiring crowns. It is essential, however, that we try and keep the remaining parts of the tooth as intact as possible. At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, we use that latest German CEREC technology that makes this possible.
Dental 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 to fix broken or chipped teeth?
Depending on the individual situation, broken teeth or chipped teeth can be treated in various ways. When front teeth are broken, a resin build-up, a dental crown or a porcelain 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 dental 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.
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