4 Unexpected Ways Your Teeth Can Get Chipped or Broken

broken teeth ArlingtonYour teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but accidents happen. Your dentist has probably heard a thousand stories leading up to accidental chips or broken teeth. Sometimes it is necessary to refer patients for more focused treatment, such as that of an endodontist who specializes in the treatment of dental pulp.

When teeth are broken due to forceful trauma or repeated fillings, it may be necessary to undergo root canal treatment which helps reinforce the integrity of the tooth. Below are four unexpected ways teeth may be chipped or broken, leading to root canal treatment.

Repeated Fillings

When a decay is present in a tooth, it is natural to go to the dentist and get a filling. Sometimes cavities return, or decay begins in another area on the same tooth. Repeated fillings on the same tooth make it a little weaker with each treatment. It is not uncommon for this tooth to eventually break or chip requiring root canal treatment.


Unfortunately, it is common for people to bear down or clench their teeth during times of severe pain. This happens most often during sporting events and during bicycle or automobile accidents. This is an involuntary reaction which often leads to chipped or broken teeth.


Bruxism is the habitual grinding or clenching of teeth. It may occur during times of stress or even during sleep. Repeated teeth grinding or clenching wears down the enamel on teeth making them weak and more susceptible to breaking or chipping.

Medications and Genetics

Many medications cause teeth to become weak and brittle over time, so it is important to understand all possible side effects of your medications. Other times, this may happen naturally with age because some people are just predisposed to having weaker teeth. Then a simple mindless act such as chewing on an ice cube can lead to broken or chipped teeth which require treatment.

If you have a broken or chipped tooth, it is important to seek treatment even if it is not painful. Make an appointment at Jill Peterson Endodontics today.