Did you know that worn teeth, chipped teeth, or broken teeth can be an indication of an underlying functional problem?
While a chipped tooth or a broken tooth can be caused by injury, teeth that break repeatedly even after treatment are commonly due to an undiagnosed dental condition. Teeth that are not in proper alignment are more likely to break, chip and wear. Chronic teeth grinding can leave teeth worn, chipped or broken and even affect the health of the gums.
Chronically Broken Teeth
If you have broken teeth or teeth that break over and over, even after treatment from a dentist, you may have an underlying functional problem that needs to be addressed. Many times, broken teeth are caused by functional problems in the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. It is possible to experience no other signs or symptoms of TMJ dysfunction aside from the worn or broken teeth.
Ideally, all of your teeth should make contact at the same time and with the same force as you bite or chew. In cases of TMJ dysfunction, improper alignment of the jaw joints or teeth cause teeth to make contact out of alignment with others, causing premature wear and broken teeth. If your broken tooth is too severe to fix, we may recommend getting a dental implant procedure to replace the tooth.
Chipped Tooth Repair
If you have a single chipped tooth or cracked tooth caused by an injury or accident, we offer several quick treatment options. Our goal is to repair your chipped or cracked tooth as quickly as possible with the least amount of dentistry. It is very important to have your chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage, or even losing the tooth. Bacteria or debris can enter this area and cause an infection that will require a root canal.
If an infection enters the tooth, it will create a lot of inflammation and pain. Root canal therapy must be done as soon as possible to relieve the pain. This is considered a dental emergency and should be avoided if possible. Addressing the cracked, chipped or damaged tooth before infection enters will save you from a lot of pain and distress.
A chipped tooth repair may include composite tooth bonding where a dental resin is applied to the tooth and sculpted into place for a seamless repair. For teeth that have more significant damage, Dr. Lazer may use porcelain veneers or dental crowns to repair the tooth for a natural look and feel. Dr. Lazer is one of a handful of dentists in Baltimore to integrate CEREC technology into his dental office for same-day dental restorations. In a single dentist appointment, we can fix your damaged tooth avoiding the need for a temporary restoration and another trip to our office.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are trying to find a dentist in Baltimore to take care of your complex dental problems including broken or worn teeth, contact Dr. Lazer in Owings Mills, MD. We gladly welcome new patients and out of town patients.
Call us at (410) 697-6290 or request a consultation online today.