Common Causes of Chipped Teeth

Causes of Chipped Teeth – Toronto

Dr. Sol Weiss provides patients throughout the greater Toronto are with advanced restorative dentistry to address problems with the teeth and gums. When a tooth is chipped, there are plenty of option to consider for treatment.

Let’s consider the common causes of chipped teeth and how these issues can be treated or prevented.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding refers to the gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth that occurs when a person is asleep. This movement of the teeth is the result of teeth being unable to find a proper resting position or issues with stress and anxiety through the day. The constant movement of the teeth can lead to chips over time.

Treating teeth grinding tends to involve a combination of orthodontics, stress management techniques, and the use of a mouth guard to reduce the amount of contact between your teeth.

Biting/Chewing Hard or Inedible Things

When you bite your fingernails, nibble on drinking straws, chew on pen caps, chomp down on ice cubes, or use your teeth to open packages, this can result in varying degrees of tooth damage. These are all social faux pas in their own way, so it’s best to avoid these actions.

In terms of treatments for the tooth damage that occurs, the best options tend to be tooth bonding and porcelain veneers, though more advanced restorations can be used for major tooth damage.

Contact/Combat Sports Injuries

Contact sports such as football and hockey or combat sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) can both do major damage to your teeth. This is a hazard that all athletes have to keep in mind when participating in these sorts of activities.

With that in mind, the best option for preventing these issues is to wear a mouth guard during these sports as well as proper head and face protection.

Auto Accidents and Other Kinds of Vehicle Accidents

Auto accidents and other kinds of collisions can result in serious injuries to the head and face. In addition to brain injuries and serious facial trauma, dental injuries may occur. This applies to cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and other ways of getting around.

The best way to protect yourself from serious dental and cranial injuries in these cases is to wear a helmet and use safety restraints. Be cautious, use common sense, and keep yourself as safe as possible.

Occupational Injuries

There are many different kinds of jobs that can potentially result in injuries to the face and head, causing chipped teeth and fat more serious kinds of injuries.

As with vehicle accidents, the best method of prevention in these cases is to wear a hard hat, head protection, and any kind of facial protection that’s recommended for these sorts of occupations.

Major Slips and Falls

Outside of vehicles and jobs, it’s also possible to suffer tooth damage as a result of slips and falls that can happen anywhere you are. This may be the result of slippery floors, uneven pavement, broken steps, and so forth.

Protecting yourself from harm in these cases is not always possible, but it’s always ideal to be mindful of your surroundings and to use handrails and bannisters as you ascend or descend stairs.

Assaults and Physical Altercations

Another potential cause of a chipped tooth is being involved in a fight or a physical altercation of some kind. This is obviously more likely if you suffer a blow to a face during this altercation.

Treatments for chips can vary depending on the severity of the tooth damage, but it’s typical for dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and inlays/onlays to be used. Severe tooth damage can be treated with dental crowns.

Learn More About Treating Chipped Teeth

To learn more about preventing chips and cracks as well as how you can improve your overall dental health, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Sol Weiss will work closely with you so that you can smile with confidence again.