A fracture is a break in a tooth that is not caused by tooth decay. Fractures are usually caused by trauma. They may also occur as a result of tooth grinding or when the core of a tooth has been so undermined by decay that the normal chewing or biting forces are enough to break it.
Fractures can be infinitely varied in degree of importance and severity, depending on the nature and extent of the fracture, the tooth or number of teeth involved and their positions. The patient’s age and stage of tooth development is also critical for both patient management and likely outcomes.
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