Our tooth is covered by enamel which is the strongest tissue in our body but it can be still broken or fractured.Teeth can be damaged by many ways either by a traumatic injury, fall,accident,etc.Tooth decay or cavities can also weaken your teeth, causing them to be more likely to break when you are chewing hard food.
Treatment for a broken or fractured tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy and costly procedure. Regardless of the extent of the injury, your tooth requires immediate examination by a dentist or an endodontist. Sometimes, your neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that can only be detected by a thorough dental examination.
At Cosmodent we have dentist who specialize in saving cracked teeth and will cater treatment to the type, location, and extent of the crack. The sooner your tooth is treated, the better the outcome. Once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function as they should, for many years of pain-free biting and chewing.Here are several procedure that can repair your cracked or broken tooth-
1)COMPOSITE FILLINGS-Composite bonding is a way to repair chipped, cracked, decayed, discolored, misshapen, and gapped teeth. Composite bonding can last up to 10 years.It does not require anaesthesia,an ultraviolet light is used to harden the composite and when the tooth bonding has dried, it will be shaped and polished to match the rest of the tooth.
2)VENEERS-A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part.Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special, strong adhesive, very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Some types of veneers don’t need any preparation at all.
3)CROWNS- If your tooth is chipped badly or you have pain when chewing or drinking, you may need a crown. Crowns are one of the most common restorative treatments.
A crown is a cap that covers the tooth and protects in and approves the appearance. It acts as a strong covering for your tooth. When you get a crown, this prevents you from losing your tooth. Without a crown, a damaged tooth won’t be able to withstand the pressure of chewing.Procedure for crown involves tooth prepration,after the tooth is prepared the dentist will take impressions, which will be sent to a lab and used to make the permanent crown. A temporary one will be provided in the meantime. When the permanent one is ready, it will be cemented to the remaining tooth structure.
4)ROOT CANAL TREATMENT-If you have a crack in your tooth that has extended into the pulp, the tooth can be treated with a root canal. Some time after the root canal, a crown can be placed to protect the crack from spreading.The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it.
5) DENTAL IMPLANT-If you have a crack in your tooth that extends below the gum line, your tooth can no longer be saved so it has to be extracted, which means your tooth will need to be pulled. And then, you can get a dental implant to replace your natural tooth.