Chipped or Broken Tooth: Causes, Symptoms & Repair
Whether it’s a chipped front tooth that has left you feeling self-conscious, or a broken wisdom tooth that’s causing you pain, no one wants to live with damaged teeth.
Thankfully, a chipped or broken tooth typically isn’t a serious issue and can be easily fixed if acted on quickly.1 Read on to learn more about some potential causes of chipped and broken teeth, how to tell if your tooth is damaged, and ways to repair a chipped or broken tooth.
WHAT CAUSES A CHIPPED OR BROKEN TOOTH?
There are many reasons you might end up with a chipped or broken tooth – whether by accident or because of a more serious dental health condition. Some of the most common causes of tooth damage include:
- Biting down on something hard. You may have been unfortunate enough to lose a tiny piece of your tooth when crunching down on something solid. The most common culprits of this kind of tooth damage are hard foods like boiled sweets, fruit stones, ice cubes or bones.2
- Teeth grinding (bruxism). People who grind their teeth usually do so while sleeping, or when experiencing stress or anxiety. Grinding your teeth together can put severe pressure on them and may lead to worn-down or broken teeth.2,3
- Injury. A chipped or broken tooth can be the result of a direct blow to the mouth, chin or jaw.2
- Gum disease. If gum disease has progressed to the point of bone loss (severe periodontitis), your teeth could be more prone to root fractures2,4