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5 Dental Options to Treat a Broken Tooth
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For every rule, there is the exception and a broken tooth is definitely the exception. Biting into an apple wrong, playing contact sports without wearing a mouth-guard, chewing on ice, peanut brittle, saltwater taffy, or falling to the ground or a table edge, all of these simple accidents can bring the trauma of a broken tooth that requires emergency dental care ASAP.
Five treatment options for fixing that broken tooth
Composite bonding is a very cost and time efficient means of fixing surface problems to the enamel of a tooth.
The tooth will be ‘rough upped’ with a type of phosphoric acid and a resin material sculpted to fit around the broken tooth. The material can be blended to match the tooth’s natural color. No anesthetic or impressions are needed! After the resin is applied, a special UV light cures the material so it hardens to the tooth. Polishing the resin is the final step of this process that ensures that it looks like a natural tooth.
A dental veneer is another option for fixing a broken tooth. To apply a veneer a general dentist will shave off
approximately 1/2 millimeter of the enamel of the tooth in question so a thin shell-like covering equal to what
was taken off of the natural tooth can be set in place with an adhesive. A veneer can last for up to 30 years.
Crowns or caps are made of a durable porcelain material and are an excellent means of restoring and strengthening the core of a tooth that becomes fractured or dislodged from the tooth socket. A crown is created by taking the impression of the remaining tooth, creating a crown to fit it and then cementing the crown to the remaining tooth structure.
If that broken tooth impacts the pulp of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are, it may
be necessary to perform a root canal. This procedure cleans out the damaged nerves and blood vessels that are infected while saving the basic tooth structure. A tooth with a root canal is weak and will require that a crown is created and set in place to protect the tooth from cracking.
Dental implants are another option for repairing a damaged tooth that cannot be restored and will need extraction. A dental implant acts as a new artificial tooth root, securely planted within the jawbone. When the jawbone and gum have accepted the titanium post of a dental implant, an abutment is placed atop the implant and an artificial crown placed on the abutment creating what appears to be a new tooth!
Do you have a broken tooth?
If you have a broken tooth, a dentist should be seen immediately. We can help fix your tooth and answer any other questions that you may have about the different procedures.
Call (972) 638-5850 today to reach James M. Adkins, DDS.
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