I Broke My Tooth...Now What? A Look at Your Options
Breaking a tooth can be both painful and disheartening. This trauma can not only affect your tooth, but your smile and confidence as well. A tooth can break for a number of reasons such as the occurrence of eating something too hard, like candy or ice, an unexpected fall, or even decay or infection. Rest assured though, modern advancements in dentistry can provide you with solutions so your tooth can be on the mend quickly and no one will ever know it was broken in the first place. The first step towards a resolution is to contact a qualified and reputable dentist who can assess the severity of the damage and give you options for repair.
The dentists at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach, FL have the skills and knowledge that can guide you in making informed decisions for your dental health, including broken teeth. During your consultation, our dentists will assess your broken tooth (or teeth) and then recommend restorative solutions that will best treat your condition. Read below to learn more about the treatments SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach offers to fix a broken tooth.
Dental bonding is a technique that can help patients who have a chipped tooth or have lost a small portion of their tooth enamel. Bonding is used mainly in front tooth repairs. This simple procedure does not require an anesthetic or numbing for restoration. A tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the damaged or broken area to fill in the chipped portion. The bonding material is adhered to the tooth and then shaped, or contoured, to look just like a natural tooth. The bonding material is then hardened by ultraviolet light, giving patients a permanent solution in just one visit.
Men and women in Pompano Beach, FL, who are nervous to smile for fear of showing off a chipped or broken tooth, are looking more and more to this popular cosmetic and restorative solution. Veneers aid with both dental and cosmetic issues. During your consultation with one of the experienced dentists at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach, they will determine if porcelain veneers are the best solution to fix your broken tooth. Veneers are comprised of a thin, shell-like layer of porcelain that covers the front and sides of a tooth to essentially cover and replace the broken portion.
Our dentist first prepares your broken tooth’s surface for the veneer process. A dental impression is taken so the lab can make a custom veneer for your tooth. Until it is ready, a temporary veneer is worn. Once your custom-created veneer is received, after a week or two, a small portion of the tooth enamel is filed down and the custom veneer is fitted, permanently bonded, and ready for use.
If a patient has a large piece of tooth missing, then a dental crown may be needed. Crowns are a convenient solution that primarily covers the entire portion of the affected tooth. During your consultation, the dental professionals at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach will determine if this is the best solution for you. Permanent crowns are thicker than veneers and can be made from ceramic, resin or metal, depending on the tooth’s location. While metal crowns are the strongest, and often used for the back teeth, porcelain or resin look more natural and are better suited for the front teeth. The tooth is prepped, and a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Once ready, our dentist will remove the temporary crown and adhere the permanent tooth into place over the broken tooth, like a cap. Often, crowns are considered to be one of the safest options to fix a decayed or broken tooth.
Root canal therapy
A root canal is not a cosmetic procedure; it is therapeutic. Patients with cracks or breaks in their teeth are more susceptible to infection within the tooth’s interior or pulp. In the event of an infection, a root canal is used to treat the infected tooth by drilling into the tooth to remove the infection first and then placing a permanent crown.
Dental implants require more time and multiple visits to the dentist to mend a broken tooth. This procedure is often used to fix one or several broken teeth that can’t be remedied with other restorative measures and have to be pulled. The first step of the dental implant procedure involves the extraction of the broken tooth, and then a titanium post is surgically placed into the gums down into the jawbone. Once the implant has healed and fused into the jawbone, a permanent crown, denture, or bridge is connected to the post to complete the restoration. Dental implants feel and operate just like natural teeth.
What happens if I don’t fix a broken or chipped tooth?
Cracked or broken teeth are not only an aesthetic issue but can also lead to other problems. Unresolved damaged teeth can impact a person’s dental health. Those who opt not to fix broken teeth are more prone to cavities and may cause even more extensive damage to the tooth, often leading to costly remedies down the road. Restoring a broken tooth and fixing your smile is always the right choice. The dental professionals at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach expertly advise patients on the right course of action so they can quickly resolve issues like broken teeth. Often, patients may not even realize that a chipped or broken tooth can have a significant impact on their overall dental health.
If you are dealing with a broken or chipped tooth, then it’s time to contact SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach, FL. There are several dental options to get your tooth restored and healthy again. The professional dentists at SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach will advise you towards the right course of action needed to fix your broken tooth (or teeth) and put a smile back on your face. Call and schedule an appointment with SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach today.
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