That horrifying moment when you realize you’ve actually broken your tooth—something you never thought would happen to you. You wonder if it can be salvaged. Can your dentist fix a broken tooth? Or have you done permanent damage that will last for years to come?
The enamel guarding your tooth is the strongest material in your body, but that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. The tooth break was most likely furthered by the weakening of that enamel by 9 foods that most damage your teeth (American Dental Association):
3 Ways Your Dentist Can Fix a Broken Tooth
Dental technologies and techniques are forever evolving and improving, and that’s good news for you. Depending on the type of break you have, your dentist can repair your tooth in a variety of ways.
Dental, or composite bonding, is a method to repair broken/chipped/cracked teeth that will last up to 10 years. Your dentist will put a conditioning liquid on the damaged tooth. Then a putty will be applied and molded. After this, ultraviolet light will be used to make the composite harden. After drying and hardening, the tooth bonding will be polished to match the rest of the tooth.
People often confuse crowns with veneers, which only cover the front of your tooth. A crown is a common restorative treatment that covers the injured tooth and protects it. Getting a crown will prevent you from losing your tooth. If you don’t have a crown, you could further damage your tooth through chewing. A crown is custom made for you: your dentist takes impressions of the tooth and sends it to the lab while placing a temporary crown on the tooth. When the permanent crown is ready, it is permanently attached to the remaining tooth structure.
When a crack extends below the gum line, then the tooth is impossible to save with repair measures such as the ones listed above. You’ll need tooth extraction and then a dental implant to replace the natural tooth.
A dental implant is a longer process because the dentist must prepare the area by making a new root with biocompatible titanium screws placed in your jawbone. Once the bone fuses with the screws, you will have a strong foundation. Some weeks after, you will have an impression taken of your tooth and a crown will be placed. This new tooth will look and function just like a normal one!
The main reason that you might risk procrastinating your dental appointment is probably that you’re worried about the repair cost for a broken tooh.
At Penn Dental Medicine Clinic, we make it our mission to provide affordable dental procedures to our patients by offering very low cost procedures out of our dental school. We don’t want to see anyone suffer further health issues because they could not pay for a necessary treatment. We accept most dental insurance plans and if your plan doesn’t cover a specific procedure, we offer payment financing so you can pay a fixed monthly rate over a number of months.
Please, don’t wait to fix a broken tooth. Call us today at (215) 898-8965 to set up an appointment.
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