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Causes of Tooth Fractures: Injury, Damage, and Prevention Options

By Steven Kail on December 30, 2014


A man with a toothacheThe team at Premier Dental Center proudly serves the communities of Jackson, Brownsville, and Bells as well as surrounding areas. When major tooth injuries occur, we offer the latest restorative dentistry treatments for chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth. Our focus is mending the tooth whenever possible so full function to your teeth is possible.

There are numerous things that can lead to a fractured or chipped tooth. Let's take a moment to consider the most common causes of tooth fractures right now.

Sports Injuries

If you play contact sports or participate in combat sports, you run the risk of getting your teeth chipped or cracked. Some of the common sports that cause tooth fractures and other injuries include:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Martial arts

When engaging in any of the above activities, be sure to wear the right protective headgear as well as mouth guards/retainers.

Vehicle Accidents

Collisions in a car or truck or accidents while on a bike can lead to facial injuries, which means the potential of a broken tooth or injured tooth. Be careful on the road, and be sure to wear the proper safety gear and/or safety restraints.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Everyday slips, trips, and falls can potentially cause a chipped or cracked tooth if you aren't able to protect your mouth in time. Be careful as you're out and about.

Physical Altercations

It's not uncommon for tooth damage to happen when people are involved in fights or are attacked by someone during a robbery.

Accidents While Eating

We've all heard stories about people accidentally chipping teeth or fracturing teeth because they bit into an unpopped kernel in a handful of popcorn. These accidents happen, so be cautious while you're eating. Eat slowly and chew slowly, and you might be able to prevent major harm to your smile.

Chewing on Inedible Objects

If you chew on ice, pen caps, straws, or your fingernails, this can lead to tooth damage and potential tooth fractures. Be sure to avoid the above; if not for the sake of your teeth, consider avoiding this kind of idle chewing because it's rude and a social faux pas.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding is the shifting, clenching, and gnashing of the teeth during sleep, often brought on by stress, poor dental alignment, or a combination of the two. Professional medical or dental treatment is the right treatment to undergo, so be sure to seek help should you notice sore teeth, a sore jaw, or headaches after you wake up.

Poor Dental Hygiene Can Make Fractures More Likely

Keep in mind that having teeth that are weakened by cavities or acidic erosion make tooth fractures more likely to occur. This is why brushing and flossing is just as crucial as regular visits to the dentist.

Treatment Options for Fractured Teeth

The ideal treatment option for teeth that are fractured is usually a dental restoration of some kind, such as an inlay, an onlay, or a dental crown. The ideal treatment option will depend in the nature and extent of the tooth damage.

If the tooth cannot be saved, extraction is the best option, and methods of filling the tooth gap can be discussed as needed (e.g., dental bridges, dental implants).

Contact the Dentists of Premier Dental Center

For more information about tooth damage, how it can be treated, and how it can be prevented, be sure to contact our centers for cosmetic and restorative dentistry today. The team at Premier Dental Center looks forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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