Having a broken tooth is common, but it shouldn’t be acceptable. A broken tooth is more than just an aesthetic issue, it can cause severe pain and lead to infection. Thankfully, dentists offer various effective treatments to patients who have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth.
People with a broken tooth should visit the dentist as soon as possible to learn about the appropriate treatment options. After a thorough evaluation, your dentist will most likely offer one of these five solutions:
For minor chips, cracks, or fractures, dental bonding may be all your tooth requires. The dental bonding material is a tooth-colored composite resin. This procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t typically require any anesthesia.
The dentist will gently etch the surface of the tooth for maximum adhesion. Next, he will apply a safe dental cement to the tooth and finally, the composite resin. Lastly, the resin is shaped to blend in with the natural tooth and the dentist hardens the material with ultraviolet light.
Most people imagine a silver or gold tooth when they hear the word filling—atleast, in the context of dentistry. Out of context, you might think of pie. Anyways, ceramic fillings are made from tooth-colored ceramic to match the rest of your smile. Ceramic fillings are also strong, and patients don’t have to worry about the tooth sensitivity that so often accompanies silver amalgam fillings.
Ceramic materials can be used for fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.
A dental crown is essentially a prosthetic tooth-shaped cap that sits on top of a damaged tooth. The crown restores the tooth’s strength, function, and natural appearance.
There are several types of dental crowns, including porcelain, metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Ask your dentist to inform you about the pros and cons of each material.
In severe cases, the dentist may recommend a root canal. This is necessary when the tooth pulp or root has been damaged or infected. During the procedure, the dentist will remove and replace the decayed portion of the tooth and the nerves. The tooth crown will remain intact, but its ability to feel pain, pressure, or temperature is lost.
Although root canals are notorious for being the most feared dental procedure, most people report little to no pain during and after the procedure.
The key to a successful root canal is to choose an experienced and gentle dentist to perform the procedure.
When a tooth cannot be saved in any capacity, it must be extracted. Dentists prefer to replace the now-missing tooth with a dental implant. This is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth root. A small, screw-like rod is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone to support the jaw and strengthen the prosthetic tooth.
Once the implant is placed and healed, the dentist will place a dental crown, so the mouth’s function is fully restored.
Even if you aren’t experiencing pain, a broken tooth should be examined by a skilled dentist. Those living in the Atlanta, GA area, are lucky enough to have the option of Dr. Richard L. Rodgers.
Our friendly, experienced, and qualified dentist is prepared to help you achieve a fully-functioning, healthy, beautiful smile. Call our office today at 404-577-6620 to schedule an initial consultation.