When a Tooth Breaks
Choosing how to fix a broken tooth is best left to a dentist. Deciding when to seek help is up to you. Feeling your tooth crack or break can be scary. Not only do you know you can’t avoid a trip to the dentist, but you can see dollar signs. Have no fear. There are plenty of ways to fix a tooth. Some are more complex and expensive than others, and the proper treatment will depend upon the type of crack, chip, or break. Some treatments include dental bonding, a dental crown, dental veneer, or root canal. Broken tooth? What’s the right treatment for you?
If your break is just a chip and the tooth is not badly damaged, you may be able to have your tooth bonded. A tooth-colored resin composite is shaped to fit the tooth and fill in the chipped area. An adhesive is placed, and the resin hardened with an ultraviolet light.
The larger the piece of tooth that breaks off the more likely the dentist will need to cover it with a crown. To do this he or she will file away some of the remaining natural tooth structure, make an impression of the tooth, send it to the lab where they will fabricate a new prosthetic tooth, and then permanently bond it to the remaining tooth structure. The tooth is then restored both functionally and esthetically.
If the tooth that is chipped or broken is one of the front upper or bottom teeth, a dental veneer (a thin piece of porcelain or resin composite) will be bonded to the tooth’s surface to restore it.
If the breakage is large enough to expose the pulp of the tooth, your dentist will perform a root canal which consists of removing the tooth’s pulp, disinfecting the inside of the tooth, sealing it, and placing a crown.
Not sure how to fix your broken tooth
Aside from providing dependable general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.