From hairline cracks in teeth to broken back molars, there are several reasons why teeth may chip. The most common causes are grinding and clenching your teeth, and an unstable bite which can lead to wear and tear over time (worn down teeth). Fortunately, there are ways to prevent chips, cracks, and teeth that are wearing down too quickly.
This article addresses the causes of chipped teeth, such as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, as well as having an unstable bite. It also offers advice on how to prevent it, and what to do if it continues to reoccur. Finally, it addresses the treatment options available to fix teeth that keep chipping and stop further tooth wear.
What Causes Teeth to Chip?
The older you get, the more likely you are to experience tooth damage (chips, breaks, cracks). However, it can happen to anyone regardless of age. While some people are more prone to it, others are not. For example, an unstable bite will cause your teeth to crack, chip, or break over and over again while a sports injury will not.
From grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw to an unstable bite, it can happen for a number of reasons.
- Grinding your teeth
- Clenching your jaw
- An unstable bite
- Wear and tear
- Tooth decay
Chipping your teeth over and over is a sign something more serious is happening. For this reason, knowing what might be causing it can help determine the type of dentist you should contact.
Not every dentist has the ability to determine the cause of recurring damaged teeth…
One of the most common causes of chipped teeth, is teeth grinding also known as (bruxism). When the upper and lower teeth rub against each other it causes the tooth enamel to chip off. Damaged teeth (chips, cracks) are some of the main symptoms of teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
Signs of Teeth Grinding
Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you are sleeping puts a lot of strain on your teeth and jaw muscles. Left untreated, over time it can cause TMJ, a painful condition that can cause even more problems. So, if you have noticed that your teeth are chipping away, it might be a sign that you are grinding your teeth, clenching your jaw or both.
Teeth Grinding Symptoms
- Chipped or cracked teeth (that chip or crack even after getting them fixed)
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth fracture
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
- Jaw locking or popping
Chipped Tooth Repair
If you’re reading this article, you might be wondering if you can fix a chipped tooth. Treatment depends on the size of the chip — small ones may only require a filling, while larger ones may need dental bonding. And, in other cases, you might require more extensive repairs such as veneers or crowns. In any case, you should definitely get your teeth fixed if you notice a chip or crack. That’s because the longer you wait, the more damage it can cause. For example, it can cause tooth decay which in turn can cause tooth sensitivity and ultimately lead to tooth loss.
The good news is, there are several restorative treatment options.
Having a chipped tooth can be a frustrating and embarrassing experience. To prevent further damage to your teeth, contact a dentist like Dr. Bernie Villadiego who can assess why it’s happening in the first place. His goal is to restore harmony to the joints, teeth, and muscles, which can help alleviate pain, eliminate unnecessary wear and tear, and other issues that can arise from an unstable bite (one of the main causes of damaged teeth).