Breaking a tooth can be a disconcerting experience, but it’s one of the more common problems that dentists treat. Your teeth are extraordinarily strong, but they aren’t indestructible and can break or crack under extreme force—such as biting down too hard on ice or a popcorn kernel.
One time-tested solution for repairing cracked or broken teeth is dental crowns offered by your Greeley, CO dentist. The first step when you break or crack a tooth is to call your dentist right away. They’ll schedule you for the next available appointment and give you instructions for taking care of the broken tooth until you get in for treatment.
Why Your Tooth Broke
Not all broken teeth are the result of a blow or hard knock to a tooth in an accident. There are several other reasons why your tooth might have broken:
- Cavities or tooth decay
- A weakened dental filling
- TMJ problems and jaw clenching
- Teeth grinding or bruxism
- Dental wear or erosion
- Biting down on hard objects
Broken Teeth and Dental Crowns
Not all broken and cracked teeth require dental crowns in Greeley, CO. Your dentist typically would recommend a dental crown for a broken tooth that needs more protection than that offered by a filling.
Because a dental crown fits over a damaged tooth like a little helmet, it provides strength and protection so you can chew on the tooth again. The process for getting a durable, customized crown usually takes place over two visits to your dentist’s office. With proper care, a well-made dental crown can last as long as 15 years, sometimes longer.
Call Our 80634 Clinic to Schedule an Appointment
Barring trauma and sports accidents, you can avoid many of the scenarios where your tooth might break or fracture. During your twice-yearly checkups at our Greeley, CO dental office, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington will check all your fillings and look for evidence of teeth grinding or bruxism.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth and think you might need a dental crown, please call Norco Family Dental to schedule a convenient appointment.