One dental problem nobody wants to deal with is unexpectedly breaking one of their teeth. It can happen when you least expect it, with it happening due to trauma or simply by accident. Here is how your dentist can fix a broken tooth so that you know what to expect.
Depending on which tooth broke, your dentist might be able to use a bridge to fix the problem. This is done in situations where the tooth is beyond repair and your only method to fix the tooth is to pull and replace it.
It starts by having a crown made for the two teeth that are surrounding your broken tooth. Once the crowns are made, they can be placed on those teeth and used as a suspension point for an artificial crown.
Of course, a bridge is harder to do if you broke a rear molar. The tooth will be missing another support point on the opposite side that gives the dental bridge strength.
A single tooth can also be pulled and replaced with an implant. While this provides a permanent solution to a broken tooth, it will be a costly procedure. This is due to the post that is surgically implanted into your jawbone, which bonds with the bone and gives the implant strength.
Once healed, an artificial tooth is attached to the titanium post to simulate the look and function of a real tooth. While a dental implant can be expensive and have a long healing process, the final results will closely resemble the look and feel of having a natural tooth.
When the damage to the tooth is small, a dentist should be able to fix it through dental bonding. The dentist will essentially recreate the missing parts of your tooth with bonding material.
It allows the tooth to retain its strength and stability to resemble the tooth before it broke, all while being a fast and affordable procedure. You can have it performed in a single visit if necessary.
If enough of your tooth still remains after breaking it, a crown can also be placed on the tooth. Much like with a dental bridge, the process involves multiple trips to the dentist to make and install the dental crown. The crown can be strong enough to allow you to eat all your favorite foods without issue and be noticeable to others. For more information, speak with a dentist.