Subconsciously grinding your teeth during your sleep? You probably don’t know you’re doing it, but the Littlehampton Dental team can determine this from a standard appointment. It’s a common habit that can result in a broken tooth, or teeth if not picked up, particularly if you have been avoiding or missing dental appointments. Going through a stressful or anxious period in your life can also create similar damage and wear to your teeth through repetitive grinding actions over time. Let’s crunch those nasty habits!
What happens next?
It is possible to keep living with a broken or chipped tooth, however exterior damage may suggest further damage has occurred to the inside of the tooth. If left untreated, bacteria can collect within the crack and lead to pain, infection and possibly an abscess.
Options to fix a broken tooth
For small chips or breaks, a simple filling may suffice.
For larger cracks and fractures, something that completely covers the tooth may be the best option.
We understand cosmetic concerns as well as functional ones. If the broken tooth is visible when you smile, a tooth-coloured bonded material can be used to match surrounding teeth.
Sometimes a tooth is not able to be fixed and removal may be required. See our Missing Teeth section for more information.
Let us take a look
If you’ve recently broken, chipped or cracked a tooth, or if you’ve been living with one for some time, come and see the dentists at Littlehampton Dental.