Now, how is broken tooth treated?
The treatment method used on your broken tooth simply depends on how severely damaged your tooth is. If you only broke a small piece of the enamel, then it can be repaired on one visit to your dentist’s office. However, a badly damaged tooth requires a more lengthy and costly procedure. The various ways your dentist can help treat your broken tooth include:Filling or Bonding:
Filling is mostly used when only a small piece of the tooth enamel is broken. However, if the broken tooth is located at the front or can be seen when you smile, the bonding approach- which involves a tooth-colored composite resin- is likely to be used.
Bonding is a simple procedure and it usually doesn’t require numbing the tooth. To do this, you dentist would have to first etch the tooth’s surface with a liquid or gel to roughen it and make the bonding material adhere to it. After which, the dentist applies an adhesive material to the tooth then adds a tooth colored resin. After shaping the bonding material to have a natural look, the dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the material.The Cap or Crown Procedure:
This procedure is usually used when a large part of the tooth enamel is broken. If the tooth has a lot of decay, your dentist might have to file away the remaining part of the tooth and cover it with a crown which is made to protect the tooth and provide a better appearance. These crowns are made from either metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic. Each type has their own benefits.
To get a crown treatment
usually requires two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, your dentist may take X-rays to check the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone for any infection or further problems. If nothing is detected, the dentist will numb the tooth and its surrounding gum and then remove enough of the remaining tooth to provide room for a crown.
If a break or chip is noticed or has left a large piece of the tooth missing, your dentist may use a filling material to build up the tooth to enable it to hold the crown. Next, an impression of the tooth is made, receiving the crown as well as the opposing tooth.
During the second visit, which is usually two to three weeks later, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent one is cemented in its place. Some dental offices have some advanced technology that can help them make the crown the same day.Dental Veneers:
This procedure is used to make a broken tooth located at the front look whole and healthy again. A dental veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material that covers the whole front of the tooth with a thicker section which replaces the broken part of the tooth.
To prepare your tooth for this procedure, your dentist removes around 0.3 to 1.2 millimetres of enamel from the tooth surface. The dentist then makes an impression of the tooth which will be sent to a dental laboratory, which makes the veneer. When veneer is ready (usually a week or two later), you’ll need to go back to the dentist to have it placed. Once in position, your dentist uses a special light to trigger chemicals in the cement which makes it harden quickly.