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Nov
5

Why Do My Teeth Keep Breaking?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Having the problem of chronic, breaking teeth can leave a person feeling completely helpless when it comes to the health of their smile. Once one tooth starts breaking off at the gums, it seems like another tooth follows just shortly behind. Taking control of your oral health is an important thing to do in order to save the remaining teeth. The first part of protecting your other teeth is to understand what is causing them to break apart in the first place.

  • The most likely cause of your teeth breaking apart is that you are suffering from tooth decay (cavities.) Very large cavities can develop out of eyesight, burrowing deep into your tooth until only a thin shell of enamel is left. Add pressure to the tooth during a meal and – crack – your tooth is nearly gone.
  • Your restorations may be old and need to be replaced. Aging fillings can allow leakage of bacteria around the margin of the material, causing the tooth to weaken or develop new cavities. The dentist can check your fillings at regular exams to determine if they are holding up well enough to last, or need to be replaced.
  • Grinding your teeth can cause excess force to your tooth enamel, causing fractures in healthy teeth or around fillings and crowns. Wearing a night guard to help keep the teeth in a resting position can prevent clenching and teeth grinding.

Getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help catch these kind of problems before they become severe and cause additional teeth to break. See your dentist at least twice each year for an exam, cleaning, and x-rays and you’ll be able to benefit from minimal treatment that can save your future smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates

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