A tooth fracture is very disappointing. More so when it’s a front tooth. A tooth can fracture for a variety of reasons. Sometimes an accidental bump while you’re drinking from a glass bottle can make a tooth chip. Many of the fractured teeth we see in our office are from accidentally biting on a fork or another hard object.
The second most common cause for a tooth fracture we see in our office is from a patient who repeatedly grinds their teeth at night. This phenomenon is called Bruxism. Below are pictures of a few recent patients who fractured their natural teeth, crowns, or veneers just from nightly bruxism. A custom night guard is strongly recommended to prevent such accidents from occurring.
Porcelain Veneer Tooth Fracture
The patient in the picture above fractured her veneer due to heavy bruxism at night. While the veneer did not completely break, the crack in the front of her tooth was very noticeable. Dr. Peter Mann replaced both of her front veneers to give her a natural looking smile.
Fractured Porcelain Veneer
The patient above chipped her veneer tooth because of teeth grinding at night. Her veneer was replaced with a new porcelain veneer. A night guard was also manufactured to prevent this problem for re-occuring.
The patient pictured above fractured her front tooth due to an accident. She was accidentally bumped while drinking a beer. Which resulted in her hitting the tooth with a beer bottle. There was no nerve damage so a root canal was not necessary in this case. A single porcelain veneer was created for the tooth to restore the tooth to its original shape.
The patient above fractured his porcelain veneer. This was most likely caused by teeth grinding at night (bruxism.) We replaced the veneer and made him a custom night guard to wear at night.