Your Teeth Have Many Uses
Besides chewing steak, did you know your teeth can open ketchup packets, take tags off of new clothes, and even bite through your finger nails? Your teeth have many uses, but in actuality, you should only use them for what they were intended to do. They aren’t meant for all of these other things, they’re only there to chew food. So many dentists see patients come in that have broken their tooth on something other than food. They’ve heard of everything from opening beer bottles to biting nails; nothing surprises dentist anymore. So when they see that you have a broken tooth, typically it’s because of something other than a cavity or a large filling that has decreased the integrity of the tooth. It’s human error.
Sometimes a broken tooth isn’t a big deal and it’s easily fixable, but in some instances you’ll need a crown. If it’s a front tooth that has been broken, the dentist will assess whether the tooth can get by with a filling or if it’s going to go in the crown direction. Dentists don’t like to do crowns on the front teeth unless they are doing more than one. You can tell there is a crown there and as much as they try, it won’t match your adjacent teeth. With a filling, they can shape it and get it looking like it did before, but after the filling you have to be extremely careful that you don’t use your front teeth very much. Even if you’re eating an apple, it’s better to cut the apple up and use your back teeth to chew it. A filling on a front tooth can break really easily; it just isn’t the same as having your tooth there. Heritage Dental Associates can help you if you’ve broken a tooth, regardless of the reason the tooth broke. Call them today and schedule your appointment.
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