“Restorative dentistry” is one of the scariest phrases when it comes to your teeth. The moment you realise you’ve got a chipped or broken tooth, you’re immediately going to conjure images about painful surgery, long recovery, and a big expense.
But it doesn’t need to be scary, and in a lot of cases, the procedure is nowhere near as bad as you’re imagining.
The first thing you need to know when you discover that you’ve got a chipped or broken tooth is that you should see the dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage that might be done to the tooth, and the higher the risk of infection. If that happens, you’ll possibly need to have the entire tooth extracted instead.
Treatment of a chipped or broken tooth can vary wildly. If only a small piece of the tooth’s enamel has broken off, the repair can be done in a single visit to your dentist. If the damage is more severe, the repair process might take longer, leading all the way to removal.
Some of the procedures to repair chipped or broken teeth include:
Dental Filling or Bonding
For small amounts of damage, dental filling or bonding will be the ideal solution. Here, the dentist simply fills in the damaged area with a filling, and if that piece of tooth is facing the front of the mouth (and would therefore affect the smile), the dentist will also use a procedure called bonding, which is a tooth-coloured composite resin, so it’s not noticeable. For these procedures, the dentist will likely not need to even numb the tooth.
Dental Cap or Crown
If there’s decay in the tooth, or the damage is more extensive, your dentist might recommend a dental cap, instead of a filling. To do this, the dentist will file away part of the remaining tooth, and the cover it with a crown, or tooth-shaped cap, designed to protect the remaining tooth and restore its appearance. This procedure generally involves two visits; one in which X-rays are taken to check the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. Assuming there’s no further issues that would affect the procedure, on the second visit, the dentist will insert the Dental Cap.
Specifically for the front teeth, when they get chipped or damaged, a dental veneer can make the mouth look whole and healthy again. A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-coloured porcelain or resin that covers the front of the tooth, with a thicker section to replace the broken part of the tooth.
Regardless of which operation you need, we will always endeavour to address the concern on the same day that you come to us. We will always provide frank and professional advice, giving you all the options to decide how you would like to save or replace your teeth.
We know our clients and build relationships with them and their families, we provide a personal approach and will ensure to provide you with the best tailored dental treatment to your needs. Contact us today to get your broken tooth looked at immediately!