Broken teeth case studies
This patient was conscious of her anterior teeth which had chips and cracks. We discussed various options but patient decided on porcelain veneers to improve the aesthetics and to correct the broken teeth.
This patient came in and had previous veneers done. After years of wear her veneers had chipped and broken. The patient wanted an improvement in aesthetics therefore we replaced the veneers to improve this.
Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A - Broken or fractured teeth can be caused by trauma to the mouth that causes injury, such as during contact sports or cycling. A tooth can crack when eating hard food or trying to break something with your teeth. Certain health conditions that cause low calcium levels in bones and teeth can weaken them to damage. General wear and tear or poor oral health can also result in broken or fractured teeth.
A - Sometimes people hear their tooth crack with a little pain, and may feel a gap where part of the tooth is missing with their tongue. This sensation may be accompanied by grittiness in the saliva. How people experience broken teeth largely depends on the intensity of the injury to the mouth. If the nerve is exposed, then the tooth with feel sensitive and sore. At other times, people are not aware that their teeth have started to crack or fracture due to wear and tear. Or slight pain may be felt when chewing only. Any damage to teeth can be identified and treated by our resident dentist at a six month regular check-up appointment.
A - There are a number of treatments available to care for broken teeth. Each treatment depends on the type of break in the tooth and if there is nerve damage. If the fracture is to the outer surface of the tooth only, then this can be corrected by smoothing and polishing of the tooth. Where the break is small, a porcelain filling can be used to fill the gap before smoothing and polishing the tooth back to its natural state. Veneers can also be attached to existing teeth to give them their natural shape and shade.
In some cases, where the edges of the tooth are damaged, a crown is the better solution as reinforcement to the existing tooth. If the tooth is bleeding with nerve damage, then root canal treatment is usually recommended to clean the tooth root area and to protect it from decay. Once root canal treatment is done, then a crown can be fitted as the part of full substitute tooth.
If the root is so damaged that it needs removal, then a titanium post can be planted to replace and serve as a root for the tooth. A crown can also be attached to the titanium post as an artificial but natural-looking tooth. Sometimes dental implants, bridges or dentures are used, depending on the damage to teeth or if they need extracting.
A - If broken teeth are left, they can affect the overall tooth structure, oral form and bite that allow people to eat, and forms their natural smiles. When the facial slant becomes distorted it can affect people's smile and confidence in themselves, especially when interacting with others. Broken teeth can also decay faster and result in gum disease where the tooth area is irritated or strained due to the break.
Decayed teeth or gum disease can cause hypertension and illness in the rest of the body leading to the need for medical attention too. When more stress is placed on other teeth to compensate for the broken tooth, it can cause fractures in other teeth. Additional treatment may then be needed that is more costly. Treating a broken tooth is therefore important for oral and physical health, mental wellbeing and financial reasons.
A - It is not safe to leave a broken tooth even when out-of-sight because the tooth can still affect your mouth's form and how you smile, your mental health, how you eat and what you choose to eat, your overall wellbeing and costs to restore both your oral and physical health if the tooth deteriorates.
A - Broken teeth have unnatural sharp surfaces that can irritate the gums, causing gum disease that can lead to other health conditions, such as heart disease. Food can become trapped in the uneven surfaces that can cause decay and other tooth loss which can affect self-esteem and also diet. Seeing our resident dentist to treat a broken tooth is vital for your wellbeing, and can help you stay healthy.
A - If you play sports, using a mouth guard can help you protect your teeth and mouth from injury. Not using your teeth as tools to break string or open plastic lids can help you prevent damage to your teeth. Having your calcium levels checked by your medical doctor, can also reduce risk of weak teeth prone to fractures.
Always following the recommended tooth brushing techniques with fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, with weekly flossing, prevents escalated wear and tear due to plaque build-up. Regularly visiting our resident dentist for recommended six month oral hygiene check-ups is necessary for maintaining healthy oral hygiene standards, and will also help to identify any fractures to teeth that are not obvious to you.
A - The cost of treating a broken tooth depends on the amount of injury to the mouth, the type of treatments required, the dental practice of choice and their payment plans, and how soon you choose to treat a broken tooth before it deteriorates and affects other teeth or your general health. Our resident dentist can discuss costs and payment plans with you at your appointment.