It happens often. You are liking the way your teeth are working and then a tooth cracks and breaks. What is wrong? What should you do? How important is a broken tooth anyway? Is your tongue ever going to quit playing with the fracture?
Missing or broken teeth may cause more problems than just embarrassment or a funny feeling to your tongue. If your teeth are not intact, there could be changes in how the other teeth fit against each other. Your other teeth may wear more quickly. You may also begin to experience headaches, jaw pain and even sleep disorders. It’s important to learn about what teeth repair options are out there.
The spaces between your teeth can create opportunities for food and bacteria to accumulate, potentially leading to gum disease or periodontal disease. Broken or chipped teeth may also fracture more easily. Missing or broken teeth can have consequences for your appearance and your health.
From our patients’ experiences, it can be just about anything. Trauma is one cause. A sports injury, biting down the wrong way on a fork, a hard candy can fracture a tooth. So can chewing on a bread crusts (yes, a bread crust – we have found bread crusts break more teeth than any other cause in our office).
Then there are old dental treatments, new decay, or perhaps just clenching and grinding your teeth due to a misaligned bite.
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Teeth can be broken down by bacteria that erodes the tooth structure over time and at some point the tooth falls apart. Remember: Tooth Decay does not cause toothaches. You cannot feel decay. You can feel the consequences of decay when you get a dental abscess or an inflamed tooth pulp. That is usually long after the decay started.
You can have a loss of the bony support of the roots of your teeth from what we call “periodontal disease”. Periodontal disease does not hurt in the beginning and it is not until you develop a more intense infection in the gum tissue or dental bone that you may become aware you have periodontal disease. Sometimes the only way you know you have periodontal disease is if your tooth becomes loose or falls out.
The first two mentioned ways of breaking or losing your teeth are infections. But you can experience no infections or have a healthy mouth and still break or lose teeth. The way teeth meet together is what we call “occlusion.” Occlusion can be less than ideal and can cause the slow wear and tear of your teeth when the bite is misaligned. We call this a “malocclusion”.
During each dental check-up, we always assess whether your teeth are being damaged by tooth decay, gum diseases, and/or a malocclusion. Teeth also can be chipped anyway. We offer broken teeth repair services.
You may need a dental implant, a fixed dental bridge or a removable dental prosthesis to replace missing or broken tooth or teeth.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two anchoring teeth, referred to as abutment teeth, and a false tooth called a pontic, made to fill the gap.
A dental implant is an artificial root placed in the jaw bone that provides support for a dental crown. Dental implant crowns can look like natural teeth and provide a good option for missing or broken teeth. And they do not need to have other teeth crowned.
Don’t leave your missing, broken, or damaged teeth untreated. Correcting your teeth and your bite is important for your overall mind and body wellness.
At Dentalife, we are dedicated to providing you with the safest and most comfortable option for your missing and broken teeth . Schedule a consultation or call us at 403 262-9898 today to learn more about our tooth repair and corrective treatments!