Human teeth are extraordinarily strong and can exert a tremendous amount of chewing force. But as strong as they are, biting down too hard on something like a popcorn kernel or crusty bread can place so much force on the tooth that it can break or fracture.
Breaking a tooth can be upsetting, to say the least! Fortunately, Boise dentists have several solutions to repair a broken tooth, including strong, durable dental crowns. Before you spend too much time worrying, call your dentist first. Fixing a broken or fractured tooth sooner rather than later always has better long-term results for your oral health.
Why Did My Tooth Break?
Many cases of broken teeth involve some kind of external trauma, like a hard knock to a tooth during a friendly soccer game. However, there are also several underlying reasons why a tooth might break:
- Teeth grinding or bruxism
- Jaw clenching
- An old or weakened tooth filling
- Dental wear or erosion
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
With any of these conditions, it may be possible to use a tooth-colored filling to repair the tooth. However, the general rule of thumb is to place dental crowns when too much of the tooth is compromised, and a filling won’t be sufficient to protect it.
The advantage that, unlike a filling that sits inside a tooth, a dental crown covers the entire tooth to create a strong new chewing surface and restore the appearance of the damaged tooth. Getting a dental crown in Boise usually requires two appointments spaced about two to three weeks apart.
Call Us to Schedule an Appointment
You can help keep your teeth healthy and intact with a proactive oral hygiene routine and six-month checkups with your dentist for cleanings and exams. During these appointments, we will also confirm that your fillings are in good shape and look for signs of bruxism that could break a tooth.
Dr. Cantwell will also be happy to customize a sports mouthguard that will protect your teeth during athletic activities and minimize the risk of dental trauma.
If you are currently dealing with a cracked or broken tooth, or you just want to ensure that your smile is in great shape, please call Atlantis Dental to schedule a convenient appointment.