Just like a bone in an arm or a leg, a tooth can become fractured in an instance. Not similar to a bone in a limb, a tooth can become weak from decay or tiny fractures caused by bruxism (also known as tooth grinding). Once a tooth becomes fractured, it has an exponentially higher risk of further breakage or tooth decay. A fracture creates a doorway for tooth decay to get right to the inner tooth where it can cause problems from the inside. Because of these reasons, it is imperative for dental fractures to be treated sooner than later to protect the tooth from these potential issues.
As mentioned, tooth decay and bruxism can weaken a tooth leaving it susceptible to fracture. There are treatments available for bruxism that can lessen the impact that grinding has on your teeth. Other potential causes of fracture are accident or injury to the mouth. Blunt force impact can break a tooth. Biting or chewing on hard objects, like ice or pen caps, can cause instant breakage, too. Even using your teeth to open a package can lead to a fracture. It is best to use your teeth for food only, but even hard foods should be minded carefully.
Depending on the extent and location of the fracture, a filling or root canal treatment may be required to disinfect and restore the tooth. If the fracture is merely cosmetic or once treatment has taken place, there are several options to restore the appearance and function of a tooth. Dental bonding or porcelain veneers are good cosmetic options to restore teeth in the front of the mouth. A crown can be used in the front of the mouth, but it is also a good option for a tooth in the back of the mouth. A prosthetic restoration gives you back the ability to chew, bite, and speak. A
Learn more about options to treat a fractured tooth. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.