Tags – Dental Procedures to Fix a Broken Tooth
Perhaps you knocked your teeth on the floor if you fell over or you bit into a hard sweet, then you notice you’ve broken or chipped a tooth – ouch!
A broken tooth can be a real pain, both physically and emotionally.
But don’t worry, it can be fixed so you will smile again!
In this blog, we’ll discuss 4 dental procedures that can repair your cracked or broken tooth. Let’s get started!
1. Dental Implants
If a crack in your tooth extends below the gum line, it is no longer treatable, and the tooth cannot be saved.
That said, you will most likely require a tooth extraction, which implies your tooth will have to be removed.
After that, you may get a dental implant to replace your natural tooth.
Dental implants replace the teeth that you lost. They serve as a replacement for your tooth’s root and are securely installed in your jawbone for a secure fit.
Here’s how it works:
- A dental implant made of biocompatible titanium is inserted into the jawbone and serves as a replacement root for your tooth
- After some time, the bone will fuse together with the titanium screws, allowing for a tight, lasting foundation
- After around 12 – 16 weeks, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to ensure your treatment is healing as it should. At this point, a dental crown will also be created which is then placed on top of the implant
- Following this, you’ll be called for a final appointment where a permanent crown will be placed securely and comfortably
If you do not have enough bone to place dental implants, you dentist can perform a bone graft procedure
Veneers are essentially covers for your teeth and provide attractive, realistic results. The veneer is attached to the tooth’s front, altering its appearance.
Veneers can last up to 30 years if they are properly cared for, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them often.
You can have veneers on just one tooth or a few. And it’s entirely your decision how you want your veneers to look.
For many individuals, this aesthetic treatment is an excellent choice, however, veneers may not be suitable for you if you grind your teeth because they will wear down over time.
Here’s how it works:
- The teeth first need to be prepared, so your dentist will gently remove some of your original tooth structure in order for it not to look bulky
- Then impressions will be taken – it’s at this point where you can decide on the size, shape and colour of your veneer(s).
- As veneers are created in a lab, you will wear temporary veneers until they are made
- At your final appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed and the new veneers bonded to the front of the tooth
3. Composite Bonding
Usually, anaesthesia will not be necessary during the procedure unless composite bonding is used to repair cavities.
The dentist will roughen your tooth and apply a conditioning solution. Putty will be moulded, squeezed, and smoothed.
Then, after the composite has hardened with an ultraviolet light, it’ll be shaped and polished to match the rest of the tooth.
If your tooth is chipped and causes you pain when chewing or drinking, it may be time for a crown; a crown is one of the most frequently performed restorative treatments.
A dental crown is a covering for a tooth that protects it while also enhancing its appearance; it serves as a robust covering for your tooth.
This prevents you from losing your tooth when you get a crown.
Without a crown, a fractured tooth will not be able to support the strain of chewing.
Positively, crowns are created from tooth-coloured porcelain which helps to create a natural, uniform look, and they are made uniquely to each patient so they will match the rest of your teeth perfectly.
If you’ve recently chipped or broken your tooth, it’s important to see a dentist straight away.
Well, leaving this untreated could lead to further damage and possible infection.
Luckily, these treatments mentioned above will restore your smile in no time, and because of advancements in technology, they will look so natural that no one will ever know!
To help you choose the right treatment, please get in touch today.
In the meantime, take a look at our cosmetic dentistry options here.
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