CAN I PREVENT MY TEETH AND FILLINGS FROM BREAKING?
Most Fractures happen when you least expect them
However, you can reduce the risk of breaking teeth by
- aiming to eliminate clenching habits during waking hours
- avoiding chewing hard objects (eg bones, pencils, ice)
- avoiding chewing hard foods such as pork crackling and hard-grain bread
If you grind your teeth at night, a Night Guard or a Splint should be worn
It is very important to preserve the strength of your teeth so they are not as susceptible to fracture. Therefore have Decay detected and treated early as heavily decayed and therefore heavily filled teeth are much weaker than teeth that have never been filled
Relaxation exercises may be beneficial
HOW IS A CRACKED TOOTH TREATED?
It depends on the direction and severity of the crack
If the crack is small enough it may be removed by replacing the filling
Bonded White Fillings generally hold the tooth together making it less likely to crack
Sometimes the cracked part of the tooth fractures off during the removal of the filling and this can be replaced with a new filling
The nerve may sometimes be affected so badly that it dies.
Root Canal Treatmentwill be required if the tooth is to be saved