Broken and Chipped Teeth
Accident? Old dentistry falling apart? Cavities weakening your teeth? Neglected teeth? Fractured teeth?
You may be a candidate for dentures if you are missing one or more teeth and are in need of an affordable prosthetic solution. Most denture wearers find that partial and full dentures can restore much of their original tooth function – not to mention create a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Whether it’s a simple filling that you need before an important event later in the day, or back teeth needing crowns prepared so that you can chew again, our office and schedule is designed to take care of your emergency. Call us today for an appointment 724-593-5555.
Broken and chipped teeth are usually the result from at least one of three reasons:
- Trauma. Blunt force trauma to the face and/or head can cause tremendous forces to crack, chip, and break teeth. Objects placed between the teeth (pipe, fingernails, etc.) can do the same.
- Cavities. Cavities are actually collections of bacteria that feed off of the tissues of the teeth. Enamel, being the hardest substance in the body, comprises the outer layer of the tooth. The inner layer of the tooth is called dentin, which is softer than enamel and typically has nerve endings. Because of the softer nature of dentin compared to enamel, dentin is much more prone to having cavities. When the dentin and/or enamel has a large enough cavity, in just the right location, the tooth can be weakened to the point that a crack, chip, or break can occur when the tooth is stressed during chewing or biting.
- Heavy grinding of teeth(bruxism). Stress can cause in increased amount of grinding of the teeth, especially at night during sleep. This grinding can crack and chip teeth. This is the least damaging cause of chipped teeth. However, bruxism can wear away teeth over time causing other significant dental problems.
Broken and Chipped teeth are typically fixed with bonded fillings(white) or crowns. See our Dental Restoration page for more detail.