Small chips may only require contouring to restore your tooth. A severe break may require a root canal or extraction and replacement.

There are many different problems that may cause a broken tooth. The majority occur due to traumatic accidents–a blow to the mouth, a bite to a hard object, a trip or fall. In some instances, teeth will be damaged due to wear and tear or poor dental health, resulting in a broken tooth.

broken tooth repairThere is a wide range in the degree of severity of broken teeth. A chipped tooth might only feature surface damage, whereas a full crack may cause exposed nerves and symptoms of serious, persistent pain.

No matter the degree of injury your tooth has sustained, one thing is certain: you don’t want to ignore a broken tooth. Whether the damage is mostly cosmetic or inhibits your dental health and tooth function, you’ll want to pursue effective broken tooth repair. And if you want treatment that’s of top quality standards while offering affordable rates, Penn Dental Medicine can provide the broken tooth repair treatment you need.

The Broken Tooth Severity Scale

The type of broken tooth repair you receive will depend directly upon the degree of severity of the crack your tooth has sustained. While a minor chipped tooth may only require contouring, a tooth with a serious crack may need to be extracted. Let’s look at the treatment options available for three different grades of severity.

  1. Chipped Tooth: Minor Severity
    If your tooth is chipped (as opposed to a full crack), the damage may be largely cosmetic. In minorly chipped teeth, your dentist will likely recommend contouring. This process involves shaving and polishing unevenness or sharpness caused by the chip. A larger chip or small crack, meanwhile, may be repaired with composite bonding; this method involves applying and molding a putty to the tooth, then using ultraviolet light to harden the composite to your tooth to close the crack and bond the tooth.
  2. Minor-Moderate Crack: Intermediate Severity
    A crack of moderate severity may cause an opening in your tooth. If this is the case, your dentist will need to fill in this void and repair the tooth. This may involve installing a filling or a crown. If your dentist opts for a filling, silver amalgam or plastic will likely be used to close the hole, much like in a cavity operation. A crown, meanwhile, is custom-made for you and will be molded from the impressions of your tooth; it is permanently attached to your tooth structure to save the tooth and enable full tooth function.
  3. Large Crack: High Severity
    A severely damaged tooth that has experienced a large crack that extends to the gum line and exposes nerves or pulp requires more intensive treatment. This usually involves either a root canal or a tooth extraction. A root canal involves disinfecting the damaged tooth from within, then (usually) installing a crown. An extraction, meanwhile, involves removing the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. This implant will be permanently fused to your jawbone and will look and function exactly like a normal, natural tooth.

How severe is your broken tooth? What type of broken tooth repair treatment does it require? The dentists at Penn Dental Medicine will be able to answer these questions for you after performing an examination. To schedule an appointment or learn more, contact Penn Dental Medicine today.


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