There are several reasons why teeth break or fracture that has nothing to do with dental trauma like a high-impact injury during sports activities. In fact, you may not even notice a minor fracture until you experience sudden pain in your teeth while eating.
In general, broken teeth often occur as a result of:
- A cavity or tooth decay
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw clenching
- TMJ problems
- Uneven dental wear
- Large tooth fillings
- Eating crunchy or chewy foods
- Biting fingernails or chewing on ice
- Trip and falls
If you break or crack a tooth, the first step is always to call your Goffstown dentist and let us know what’s happening. Taking the proper steps until you see us always results in the best outcomes and include:
- Find the broken piece and bring it to your appointment.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- If you are bleeding, apply light pressure with a gauze pad.
- If you are experiencing discomfort, take a pain reliever like Advil or ibuprofen.
When we see you, the first step is to identify why the tooth broke so we can address the underlying problem. If excessive teeth grinding has caused the break, Dr. Leonardi might recommend a nightguard to protect your teeth from damage while you sleep.
If you have a broken tooth and need a dentist in Goffstown to help you, please call Glen Lake Dental to schedule an appointment. If it’s an emergency and you are in pain, we will do our best to see you the same day.