A broken tooth, whether through accident or injury or a series of unfortunate events, isn’t the latest addition to your smile you were planning. Not only can they affect your confidence, but a broken tooth can expose the interior nerves and dentin that are super sensitive to breathing, chewing, and speaking. Ouch! How can you fix a broken tooth, and are there different ways of doing so?
This depends on how ‘broken’ your tooth is. If it is truly broken, as in the bottom half has snapped clean off, then you may opt for a crown. If you have a slight chip, you might opt for a veneer. If you have a compromised cavity that makes your tooth look broken but there hasn’t been a trauma that actively removed a part of it, a white filling could save your smile. Let’s explore your options.
Fixing a broken tooth with…
A dental crown is a tooth shaped ‘cap’ that fits over a damaged, chipped, or broken tooth to restore form and function. They are made of porcelain, a tooth-coloured material that is equally as durable as it is discreet, or dental composite, a sort of tooth-coloured dental putty that solidifies into reliability. In either case, both are expertly crafted by restorative dentists to be natural in appearance. This treatment could be right for you if you have a considerably damaged, damaged, or otherwise compromised tooth that needs function as well as form restoring to it.
Veneers are a cornerstone of simple cosmetic dentistry because they fit onto teeth rather like an overlay. Where a crown fits on top of and around a tooth, literally ‘capping’ it, a veneer fits onto a tooth the way an acrylic fingernail does onto a natural nail. They simply cover the front of tooth. Veneers are made of porcelain, too, for its durability and natural appearance. You might sway towards veneers if your tooth isn’t entirely or compromisingly broken, but it is chipped. Veneers are ideal for restoring form when function is still available and active.
White fillings are made of dental composite, the same material sometimes used for crowns. Just like crowns, they are a tooth-coloured dental putty that can be shaped and moulded into the crooks and bends of your affected tooth to build it back up to a normal appearance while also protecting it. This method of restorative and cosmetic dentistry is ideal for those who may not have a broken tooth through trauma or accident, but through decay and cavities have lost some of their tooth. White fillings help protect the tooth after this cavity, restore function, and also preserve the natural appearance of your smile.
How to fix a broken tooth depends on how you broke your tooth in the first place. Of course, here at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in Clapham, London, we offer all three of these restorative-cosmetic dentistry procedures. Our team of expert dentists would be happy to meet you and discuss your options for finishing broken, damaged, or discoloured teeth. Book your initial consultation today, enquire online or speak to a member of our friendly team on 020 7622 5333.