What Options are Available for a Broken Tooth?

Repair Broken Teeth Harley Street London

Most of us have at some time in our lives, managed to break a tooth. Sometimes, it may be very superficial damage to the point that we ignore it, and at others, it may have been able to have been rectified by a simple filling.

However, damage to teeth is often more severe and can’t be rectified by these simple procedures, so what are the options available when we badly damage our teeth?

For quite some time, if a tooth was severely damaged, it would be extracted and either a space left where the tooth was or perhaps it may have been replaced with a denture. Neither of these options is a good outcome though and though a denture may be more appealing visually, they can be uncomfortable and difficult to eat with, but in either case, the removal of a tooth will cause the bone in that area to effectively die.

The best solution if a tooth has to be removed is to have a dental implant which allows the titanium root to be held firmly in place due to the titanium bonding to the bone. Once this process has occurred, a dental crown will usually be fitted to it to provide a strong replacement tooth.

If the tooth is badly damaged but not sufficiently so for it to be removed, there are a number of options available. The simplest option is to use dental bonding which is a tooth coloured resin which the dentist will use to repair the damage and set to provide a solid surface to replace the lost tooth. Whilst this involves no anaesthetic and is a simple process, unfortunately it is one of the weaker solutions and is not suitable for all repairs. Your dentist will be able to advise you the best treatment for your individual case.

A much stronger and permanent option is to have a crown, or dental cap, fitted. This will involve the dentist removing a significant part of the tooth using local anaesthetic and then attaching a custom made crown to the tooth using dental cement. The most common material to be used in their creation is porcelain or sometimes resin. For the more adventurous, gold crowns are popular although as you would expect, expensive! The metal crowns are the strongest although inevitably will not have the natural look that porcelain or resin will.

Depending on the damage done, it may be possible to repair the damage by fitting a dental veneer which is an extremely thin layer of porcelain which attaches to the tooth in a similar manner to a false fingernail attaching to a finger. To do this, the dentist will remove the equivalent layer of your natural tooth before fitting a custom made veneer to the front of your tooth which replaces the previous damaged structure. Like crowns, this procedure usually entails at least two visits to the dentist; the first to examine the tooth and take x rays and impressions. The second visit will be to fit the crown or veneer which has been made in a dental laboratory in the meantime.

The final option if the soft part of the tooth has been badly damaged leaving the nerves and blood vessels exposed would be to have root canal treatment. Despite the myths, this is no more uncomfortable than a filling as it is done under local anaesthetic. This procedure involves removal of the soft pulp material, the cavity is then filled and the tooth capped to seal it.

Whichever is the best option for a damaged tooth however, it is important that you arrange to have it looked at as soon as possible and your dentist will advise the best options for your individual treatment.

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