Some people may think that if they break a tooth, it means they will need to remove the tooth. While that is sometimes the case, it is not always the best approach.
The reality is that there are a few different options available to us when you break a tooth. How we treat a broken tooth depends on many factors and we will look to find the best way to deal with the problem to correct it and prevent any problems in the future.
It Depends on What Broken Means
A broken tooth can mean many different things. Some people think that if they crack their tooth or if they have a small chip in it, that is a broken tooth. For others, a broken tooth means that a large chunk of the tooth is gone. Because there are different meanings for a broken tooth, the ability to treat a broken tooth depends on what has happened to it.
Types of Treatment The most common form of treatment for a broken tooth is extraction, but there are other options. It is possible to use a filling if there is a small chip in the tooth. Another option is dental bonding. A resin is used to fill in the broken section of the tooth and is sealed through ultraviolet light. These options work when the beak is very small.
For larger problems with a broken tooth, options include crowns or caps and veneers. These are cosmetic procedures that cover up the broken tooth. For these procedures to work, the portion of the tooth that remains needs to remain healthy. If there is an infection or if there is any disease in the tooth or the gums, these techniques are not going to help until the problems with the tooth are treated.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.