A Broken Tooth? Don’t Panic!

Broken tooth? Don't panic!Few oral health mishaps are as shocking and unsettling as having your tooth broken, even if it is only a relatively minor chip. Dr. Ryan Hussong, who treats broken teeth in Polk City, IA, offers a detailed discussion of what causes breaks and what treatment options are available.

Oral Health-Related Causes of Broken Teeth

Oral health issues can contribute to easily fractured teeth. For example, patients who have bruxism, a condition that causes them to clench their jaw and grind their teeth, are more likely to break a tooth. If you have lost one or more teeth, your remaining teeth become more susceptible to breakage. This is because the rest of your teeth must bear the force of their missing counterpart. A misaligned bite, too, can cause your teeth to become weak and likely to break.

Can You Prevent All Causes of Broken Teeth?

Sometimes, such as in a fall or car accident, a broken tooth is inevitable. That doesn’t mean that you can’t drastically reduce your risk of breaking a tooth in other situations. For example, chewing on ice, pencils, or your fingernails can damage your teeth, as can participating in contact sports without wearing an athletic mouthguard. If you use your teeth to open packages or bottles, you will increase your risk of fracturing a tooth. Neglecting to schedule regular dental exams and checkups could be problematic, as well.

Treatment Options for Avulsed Teeth

The severity of the break determines the appropriate treatment. Cosmetic dentistry, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers, offers a solution for minor chips and cracks. If the tooth is badly infected or decayed, a dental crown may be needed to restore its appearance and function. For more severe breaks in which most of the tooth is lost, the remaining structure may require extraction. Fortunately, you have several options for one or more missing teeth. For example, Dr. Hussong may recommend a dental implant, bridge, or partial dentures.

Broken teeth are a true dental emergency. To learn more about caring for a broken tooth, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong, contact our Polk City, IA general dentist office at (515) 984-6001. We welcome patients living in Ankeny, Ames, Grimes, Urbandale, and the surrounding communities. You can also find us on Facebook, where we share the latest oral health insights and news from our practice.