Teeth are intended to be hard enough to bite and chew food. However, an accidental blow to the mouth, or something like chronic night grinding can potentially chip or fracture a tooth. People who have a bad habit of chewing on ice or using their teeth as tools are at increased risk of suffering a fractured tooth.
Even if the fractured tooth doesn’t cause any initial discomfort you should still have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Lori Ann Safar to prevent further complications. Without professional treatment the compromised tooth enamel could lead to a severe cavity or an even more severe dental fracture.
After assessing the severity of the problem and the overall health of the tooth she will present you with an effective treatment plan.
If the damaged area of tooth enamel is significant or the strength of the biting surface has been badly compromised she might require a dental crown restoration. This treatment plan is intended to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternative material. Most are made from either gold, base metal alloys, or dental grade porcelain.
Going forward you might want to consider making minor lifestyle changes to help prevent further dental fractures. This could include curtailing a bad oral habit or sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth to protect your teeth from the stress of chronic night grinding.
If you live in the San Diego, California, area and you have recently suffered a fractured tooth, you should call 858-461-6730 to have it diagnosed and treated at Celebrity Smile.