Chipped and Broken Teeth:
Causes, Symptoms and treatments

Chipped and broken teeth can occur due to various factors, including trauma, large fillings, or untreated cavities. Even small chips should be examined by a dentist to prevent further damage and discomfort. These issues can not only affect the appearance of your smile but also impact your oral health. Untreated chipped or broken teeth may lead to infection, pain, and difficulty eating or speaking. Seeking prompt treatment is essential to address the underlying causes and restore the strength and functionality of your teeth.

Symptoms and causes

Chipped and broken teeth can result from:

  • Trauma or injury to the mouth or face
  • Large fillings that have worn away or dislodged
  • Brittle teeth after root canal treatment
  • Teeth weakened by large cavities

Related treatments

Our dental team offers a range of treatments tailored to address chipped and broken teeth, including:

An appointment with our dentist will allow for a thorough examination and the development of a personalised treatment plan.

When to see a dentist?

If you’ve experienced trauma resulting in a chipped or broken tooth, or if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, it’s essential to schedule an appointment with our dentist promptly. Ignoring these issues can lead to further complications and worsen the condition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes chips, cracks, or breaks in teeth?

Chips, cracks, and breaks in teeth can result from various factors, including accidents, dental decay, or habits such as teeth grinding.

How are chipped and broken teeth treated?

Treatment options for chipped and broken teeth depend on the severity of the damage and may include fillings, bonding, root canal treatment, or extraction.

Can chipped and broken teeth be prevented?

While some causes of chipped and broken teeth are unavoidable, maintaining good oral hygiene, avoiding hard foods, and wearing a mouthguard during physical activities can help prevent damage.

What should I do if I break a tooth?

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling, and contact our dental office immediately for prompt treatment.

Ready to book a dental examination?

We strongly believe that prevention is the key to good health and avoiding dental and general health problems. You can book a comprehensive check-up with our dedicated dentist today.

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