Cracked & Chipped Teeth
Damage to teeth can happen due to a variety of reasons and at times be completely unexpected. Although the tooth enamel is quite strong trauma to teeth can result in a crack or chip causing a broken tooth. In more extreme cases such trauma can even result in the tooth getting completely knocked out.
A cracked tooth or chipped tooth can negatively affect the appearance of a person’s smile while also being quite painful, depending on the severity of the damage and location of the tooth. The friendly team at Port Augusta Dental Care take the time to assess your cracked, chipped or broken tooth so they can provide the necessary treatment to restore your smile.
The causes of cracked & chipped teeth (broken tooth):
Damage to teeth such as a crack or chip is most commonly a result of trauma to the teeth, this can be a result of:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Falling on teeth or a blow to the face
- Biting on something very hard
- Old mercury amalgam fillings
What is the treatment for a cracked or chipped tooth?
What happens if you ignore a cracked or chipped tooth?
Ignoring severe damage to a tooth such as a crack or chip can lead to more serious problems such as the tooth splitting or breaking further. When a tooth splits or breaks extensively it can reveal the nerves within the tooth resulting in a severe toothache and pain. A damaged nerve might require root canal therapy and even result in a loss of the tooth.