What causes a chipped, cracked or broken tooth?
The possible causes of a chipped tooth, cracked tooth or broken tooth include: falling and hitting your mouth, biting into hard food, trauma to the face or untreated cavities.
How do I know if my tooth is cracked or chipped?
Broken teeth are easily self-diagnosed, however it can be difficult to tell if your tooth is cracked or chipped. Chipped teeth can be detected by a sharp edge along your tooth.
Cracked teeth show a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptom associated with a cracked tooth is pain in response to pressure (chewing or biting) and sensitivity or pain when the tooth is exposed to temperature extremes.
What can be done to repair a cracked, broken or chipped tooth?
If your tooth fracture isn’t near the pulp chamber then it can often be repaired using filling material. If over 50% of the tooth structure is broken, a crown may be required to maintain structural integrity and to prevent further damage.
If a tooth is severely broken it may need to be extracted. If you have a broken tooth, please contact us now to schedule an appointment.