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Can a cavity break my tooth?

Yes, a cavity can lead to a cracked or broken tooth. When you have a cracked or broken tooth, it's not only painful, it can lead to disease of the tooth. If you break your tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. Treatment for broken teeth depends on the size and location of the break as well as the symptoms you are experiencing.

Cavities break down the enamel of the tooth. Once this outer layer is damaged, the overall structure of the tooth is weakened. Accidental trauma to a weakened tooth can cause it to break.

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