Breaking teeth can be painful, costly and frustrating. When a patient comes to our office with multiple broken teeth, we examine several areas: tendency to clench and grind their teeth, size of previous fillings and how stable their bite is. People that clench and grind their teeth can generate enormous amounts of force which can chip or crack teeth. For those that clench or grind, we would recommend a splint to be worn at night or even during the day to reduce the amount of force put on your teeth. Unfortunately, cavities and fillings weaken teeth. When a dentist has to fix a cavity, the resulting tooth is more prone to breaking than if it had never had a cavity or filling. Lastly, a stable and protected bite evens the chewing forces out among teeth. If a tooth is taking more force than designed to, it is more likely to break. Crossbites, missing teeth, excessive overbites and underbites increase your chances of broken teeth. We believe that prevention is the best medicine and hoped you learned something from this FAQ!