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Why do weak teeth break or chip?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Fragile

Teeth are usually weak due to decay or previous fillngs.
Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies, but that means they are also more brittle. Think of them like porcelain, a very strong but brittle material.

In brief: Fragile

Teeth are usually weak due to decay or previous fillngs.
Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies, but that means they are also more brittle. Think of them like porcelain, a very strong but brittle material.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Dr. Richard Leaderman
As we get older are teeth also get more brittle.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: For various reasons

Trauma, bite discrepancies, bruxism, clenching, tooth decay or too large filling can obviously cause breakage.
It can range from small chips to major fractures, you could either need a major procedure or no treatment at all. See your dentist.

In brief: For various reasons

Trauma, bite discrepancies, bruxism, clenching, tooth decay or too large filling can obviously cause breakage.
It can range from small chips to major fractures, you could either need a major procedure or no treatment at all. See your dentist.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Weak structure

As you said -- weak teeth.
Either the strength of the tooth structure has been compromised -- large / numerous fillings or decay; or excessive force from parafunctional habits (clenching/grinding), inappropriate diet - biting too hard on very hard or frozen foods/candy. See your Dentist for examination, diagnosis and tx. options. May need occlusal guard after they are restored. Good luck.

In brief: Weak structure

As you said -- weak teeth.
Either the strength of the tooth structure has been compromised -- large / numerous fillings or decay; or excessive force from parafunctional habits (clenching/grinding), inappropriate diet - biting too hard on very hard or frozen foods/candy. See your Dentist for examination, diagnosis and tx. options. May need occlusal guard after they are restored. Good luck.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Because

They are weak!

In brief: Because

They are weak!
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Lack of strength

Weak teeth have less tooth structure present.
This compromises the tooth leading to it cracking. See your dentist to fix the tooth.

In brief: Lack of strength

Weak teeth have less tooth structure present.
This compromises the tooth leading to it cracking. See your dentist to fix the tooth.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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