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Sometimes the excessive force of chronic night grinding or a bad habit of crunching ice can apply enough force to the biting surface of a molar or premolar to fracture the tooth enamel. Even if you don’t experience any initial discomfort or sensitivity, you might still want to have the tooth examined and repaired before tooth decay sets in.

The severity of the damage to the tooth will directly influence the treatment methods Drs. Turnbow and Jensen suggest.

In a few of these cases, a simple dental filling can replace the damaged area of tooth enamel.

If our dentists have concerns about the structural integrity of the fractured tooth, or it has an existing dental filling, they might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer.

Going forward, you might want to make a conscious effort to address initial cause of the dental fracture. This might include curtailing a bad oral habit or sleeping with a protective dental guard in your mouth each night.

If you live in the Independence Missouri, area and you have recently fractured one of your teeth, you should call 816-569-9800 to have it examined and repaired at Truman Village Family Dental.