Multiple Broken Teeth
Like many other serious occlusal problems, the inititating condition can be either minor or major.
A common cause of tooth breakage can occur with trauma. It is not uncommon for children and teenagers to break certain tooth structures. Bonding and replacement choices are popular treatments that are effective.
In contrast, a tooth that suffers physical trauma but does not necessarily break but become rotated or shifted, occlusally... can often cause more serious problems later.
Receiving orthodontic or individual treatments for rotated teeth or teeth that have poor occlusion due to overbites, underbites or crossbites are popular, especially with the younger populations.
Adults however, tend to be more efficient procrastinators when it comes to their own treatments, for whatever the reasons (time, affordability, perceived value, etc). While forestalling any kind of recommended treatment can be one of those "it seemed like a good idea at the time" .... it can certainly develop into a serious health issue with almost unimagineable results.
This gallery contains examples of broken teeth that can arise from poor oral hygiene, dysfunctional occlusion, untreated oral infections, severe caries, untreated repairs of previous restorations, bruxing, failed orthodontics, followup recommendation failures, etc.
|The upper jaw, involving primarily the two front teeth, sustained a direct hit by a softball. One tooth structure was totally destroyed, broken off at the gumline.
Treatment recommendations can include bridgework, implants, crowns or a partial denture.
Sports Trauma Injury - Two Anterior Teeth
Kristin Petulla, DDS
|Sports related injury causes loss of two front teeth in a very young man. Minimal damage to underlying bone tissue and connective tissue. A mouthguard, designed differently for many types of sports activities, can prevent this level of damage.
Treatment recommendations could include a partial denture, cemented bridge, individual implants, implant supported bridge.
Contact Sports Trauma
Ara Nazarian, DDS
|Occlusal abnormalities and orthodontic issues left untreated for too long have caused breakage of several teeth resulting in an over closed bite and collapse of the vertical dimension. Cosmetically the collapsed bite will "increase the age" of the patient's facial characteristics.
Treatment recommendations could include a orthodontics, extractions, dental implants, bridgework, crowns, grafting procedures to address loss of bone and gum tissue in selected areas, possible denture partials.
Untreated Orthodontic - Malocclusion Needs
Richard Winter, DDS, MAGD
General Restorative Dentist Office
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