Having a broken tooth is actually a fairly common experience, whether it occurs because you chewed too many hard nuts or simply because you are involved in contact sports. No matter the cause, the effect is still the same: Your tooth needs immediate attention from a dentist. A minor chip can be treated with a filling. However, treatment for an unsalvageable broken tooth involves a root canal followed by the placement of a crown – a cap that looks like a tooth.
When you have chipped a tooth, especially a tooth in the front of the mouth, your dentist will use a procedure known as bonding to add a tooth-colored filling to the chipped area. First, your dentist will apply a liquid that will enable the bonding agent to stick, and then, the bonding agent will be shaped so that it looks like your natural tooth. An ultraviolet light then is used to harden the bonding material. [pullquote]A broken tooth can occur at the most inopportune time and cause discomfort, but your dentist will determine the best treatment option for you as quickly as possible.[/pullquote]
A filling is the easiest way to treat a chipped tooth, as the process can take place in a single appointment. However, for a larger tooth break – particularly one that exposes your nerves – root canal therapy is required. During this procedure, the dentist will use instruments to remove the nerves from the root of the broken tooth. Afterward, the root canal will be cleaned out, and your dentist will place a filling material inside of the canal.
Because your tooth becomes weaker after undergoing root canal treatment, you typically need to get a crown placed on top of the tooth. This crown can be made completely of metal, which is the most durable option, or you can choose a resin or porcelain crown so that the cap is tooth-like in appearance.
A broken tooth can occur at the most inopportune time and cause discomfort, but your dentist will determine the best treatment option for you as quickly as possible. With appropriate therapy, you can restore both the appearance and the function of your tooth for years to come.
To learn more about your treatment options, contact our team at Fielder Park Dental by calling 817-275-4817 today.