Teeth can be broken or chipped for many reasons, it is always important to understand why this happened in the first place to prevent it from happening again. The main reasons we teeth break are either due to a clenching or grinding habit during sleep or due to the presence of a weak tooth which has already been filled. When a tooth has no filling, it is quite strong. When a cavity forms or filling is placed, it loses a significant amount of its structural integrity. For example, if a tooth has about 50% filling, it means that only 50% of the natural tooth is left, significantly weakening the remaining tooth and making it very vulnerable to breaking. Treatments for this is dependent on the size and location of the split. Worst case scenario means the only treatment option is to have the tooth removed, best case scenario may mean doing nothing and only smoothing the chipped section. Most of the time however, the treatment options are either to place a filling to replace the broken area, or to place a crown over the tooth (think of it like a helmet over the tooth) for extra protection to prevent it from breaking again. If you have had a tooth break, we will always assess the situation first to decide which options may be suitable or unsuitable, then allow you to decide what’s best for you.