Chipped and cracked teeth are dental problems that occur when a portion of the tooth breaks off, or a crack appears on its surface. These issues can range from minor cosmetic concerns to severe oral health problems. One of the most common causes of chipped and cracked teeth is trauma from accidents or injuries. Another cause of chipped and cracked teeth is tooth decay. Bruxism, or grinding your teeth while you sleep, is another potential cause of chipped and cracked teeth. Over time, this habit puts excess pressure on your teeth, which weakens their structure. Consuming hard foods like ice cubes or using your teeth as tools (e.g., opening bottles) can lead to chipping or cracking over time.
Treatment For Chipped And Cracked Teeth
Minor chips may be repaired with dental bonding, which involves applying a tooth-colored resin to fill in the missing piece. For more significant damage, your dentist may recommend a dental crown or veneer to cover and protect the damaged area. A root canal may be necessary if the chip or crack has exposed the pulp of your tooth, causing pain and sensitivity. In extreme cases where there is extensive damage or infection, extraction may be necessary.