What can cause a tooth to crack or break?

Cracked teeth can be caused by multiple factors, including,
  • Large fillings
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding)
  • Trauma to the tooth (such as a knock on the tooth, or a bite into hard food)
  • Uneven bite, or malocclusion
Some cracked teeth may not cause pain, while some unfortunately do. While you may think a painless broken tooth might not need urgent attention, in many cases it might actually be better to see a dentist about a broken tooth sooner rather than later.

How to fix a chipped or broken tooth

The type of treatment that a chipped or broken tooth requires is dependent on the cause of the chip or break.

If the crack or fracture happens to occur in or near the tooth pulp or nerve and is causing pain, you may require root canal treatment.

For a broken front tooth, our dentists in Mount Waverley can discuss with you suitable treatment options, including fillings, crowns, veneers and composite resin bonding.

While some of these options treat the immediate problems, there are also a few more treatments that can help prevent further tooth damage. A night guard (or occlusal splint) can be made and worn so that your teeth are protected from chipping and breaking. If you play sports, mouthguards are not only important in preventing broken teeth but also from trauma to the teeth in an event of a knock.

Our dentists can discuss with you what your best options are and guide you to fix your broken tooth.

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