Broken Tooth

Broken teeth

A damaged tooth is a broad term for a tooth that is no longer viable and should be removed. A damaged tooth typically results from previous decay, which has significantly compromised the tooth.

Causes of a damaged Tooth

The most common cause of a damaged tooth is decay (tooth decay), which can completely destroy the tooth. Often, it is not visually apparent that a large portion of the tooth has been dissolved by decay. The extent of decay can only be precisely identified through X-ray imaging. If a patient delays scheduling an appointment with the dentist for an extended period, an unfavorable bite on the weakened tooth can lead to the upper part of the tooth breaking off, revealing a damaged tooth.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is a common occurrence that can cause many teeth to deteriorate and require replacement, even in childhood. The cause of decay is the caries bacteria in the oral flora, capable of producing acid that is harmful to the teeth. Affected individuals often exhibit cavities in their teeth and dark tooth discolorations.

Crack in the Tooth

A crack in the tooth creates a vulnerability in the tooth structure. Intense forces from chewing and teeth grinding can lead to the crown of the tooth breaking precisely at the crack, resulting in a damaged tooth. A crack in the tooth should be carefully examined by the dentist, and stabilization measures, such as a ceramic crown, should be discussed.

Dental Trauma due to an Accident

Accidents can traumatize teeth, causing them to break or even be completely lost. It is common for a damaged tooth to occur in facial accidents.

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A damaged tooth can cause pain and affect overall health. We are happy to provide further guidance.

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Frequently asked Questions about Damaged Teeth

In today’s era, a damaged tooth can be easily repaired or replaced with a ceramic implant. If you have any questions, we are here to assist you.

If the tooth breaks and it is black underneath, it is because decay has extensively dissolved and weakened the tooth. The weakened tooth breaks off when biting.

Firstly, it is important to consult your dentist and have the broken tooth examined by a professional. If the tooth is severely broken, it may often need to be extracted.

A broken tooth can be easily extracted as well.

Further information

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