Broken or Chipped teeth
Enamel — or the tough, outer covering of your teeth — is one of the strongest substances in your body. But it does have it limits. A forceful blow or excessive wear and tear can cause teeth to chip. The result is a jagged tooth surface that can be sharp, tender, and disfiguring.
While dental crowns have an average lifespan of about ten to fifteen years, each crown is different and may need to be evaluated for replacement or repair earlier than this. A dentist will be able to examine your mouth and the crown in question in order to determine whether it should be replaced earlier or later than this average timeframe.
Teeth crowding or overcrowded teeth occur when your teeth have run out of “real estate” in your mouth. When this occurs, teeth press together but not in an aligned way. This can result in some teeth sitting higher than others. It can also result in some teeth being pushed behind or ahead of other teeth.
Dentists use fillings to replace tooth structure that is lost to decay. Fillings protect your teeth and surrounding oral structure for up to 15 years, but they’ll need to be replaced if they are broken, the margins aren’t sealed, or there’s recurrent decay under the filling. Not replacing dental fillings can lead to chipped or fractured tooth, infection, or abscesses, and may harm the long term health of your tooth. You can know if your dental fillings need replaced by looking for signs and symptoms at home and getting appropriate dental care.
White Spot on Teeth
Technically called white spot lesions; they are a sign of early decay. White spot lesions may be due to fluorosis (overexposure of fluoride to the teeth), enamel hypoplasia (thinner development of the enamel on teeth), demineralization of the enamel on the teeth, low calcium diet, and poor oral hygiene.