What's The Best Repair For Your Broken Tooth?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 1:40 am

The best way to repair your broken tooth will depend upon a lot of things. Which tooth is broken, is the tooth chipped or is it a severe break, does the tooth currently have a filling and is the tooth causing discomfort?

Teeth chip and break for lots of reasons – most are avoidable. First, don’t use your teeth as tools – opening tight bottle caps or bags of chips with your teeth is never a good idea. Secondly, watch what you are eating – popcorn kernels and other hard substances often hide in our snacks and can easily crack teeth.

Very small chips in the edge of a tooth can often be polished to a smooth edge with no further treatment needed. A larger chip usually requires dental bonding or a dental veneer to return the tooth to its normal appearance. Dental bonding is a less expensive option but may not be as long lasting as a dental veneer and is subject to staining — something to think about if you are a heavy coffee drinker.

Teeth that have experienced a large break (a piece of the top of the tooth has broken for example) may be structurally compromised. If the top of the tooth has broken the remaining tooth structure can be saved and a dental crown can restore the tooth. Dental crowns are very durable and their appearance will match your natural teeth.

Every now and then we see a tooth that has cracked so badly that it must be removed. There may be discomfort with this type of break.  If the crack reaches the root area of the tooth it may not be able to be saved. In this case the tooth will be extracted. Patients today have choices when it comes to replacing a missing tooth – dental bridges have been used for many, many years and are a very serviceable restoration technique. Dental bridges do require preparing the adjacent teeth to support the structure of the bridge and they will require special care when brushing and flossing.

A wonderful choice for replacing that missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants actually mimic a real tooth because the implant is placed in the jaw and bonds with the bone. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and there are no limitations on diet or special care required.

Find out more about correcting the chips and breaks that your smile has experienced by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.


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