We often don’t think of teeth as breakable. After all, they are very strong and go about their daily business of cutting, tearing, and crushing food without complaint and, typically, without failure. Unfortunately, however, teeth can break under certain circumstances. Here to discuss the circumstances that can cause a broken tooth is your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Steve Burds.
What Causes a Broken Tooth?
- Trauma. Trauma to a tooth, such as a severe blow, can create the sufficient force required to break a tooth. When a tooth breaks from trauma, it is important to seek prompt dental care. A broken tooth is at risk of developing an infection as its pulp may be exposed so be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
- Decay. Tooth decay can weaken a tooth structurally by delving deep inside the tooth and hollowing it out. As the tooth weakens, its risk of breaking increases, and if the tooth becomes weak enough, a regular meal may cause it to break.
- Bruxism. Bruxism (teeth grinding) subjects teeth to very powerful forces. These forces can weaken teeth over time and eventually cause them to break. Initially, bruxsim may result in enamel loss, making teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay and weakening them structurally. As time passes, teeth can become weaker and weaker until the nightly strain becomes too much for them and they break. It is important to note, however, that bruxism can be treated. Your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Burds, can provide you with an oral appliance called a sleep guard to protect your teeth from further damage.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
If you suffer a broken tooth, a dental crown can strengthen your tooth and restore its function. Contact Gateway Dental Group to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Burds, today by calling (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.