Dental Restoration Treatments For A Broken Tooth

Posted on: 27 April 2023

A broken tooth needs to be repaired or restored as soon as possible because if left untreated, it can cause a severe dental infection, especially if your pulp is exposed. In addition, a jagged broken tooth can cause soft tissue injury to your tongue or the inside of your cheek if not repaired. If you cut your tongue on a broken tooth, it can bleed profusely because the tongue is very vascular and contains a rich network of capillaries, which are small blood vessels. Here are some dental restoration treatments you should know about if you have a broken tooth.

Tooth Bonding

Tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a dental restoration treatment that repairs broken teeth. Tooth bonding is also used for stained teeth, to change the shape of the teeth, and to fill in gaps between the teeth.

During your dental restoration procedure, your dentist will apply a special resin bonding material to your broken tooth. They will then use ultraviolet light to harden, or cure, the bonding material so that it adheres (bonds) to your tooth. The resin is also called composite plastic and it is very durable and natural-looking. Dental bonding usually takes about an hour and it does not require any anesthetic or recovery time.

Dental Implants

If your broken tooth is beyond repair, then you may be a candidate for a dental implant. Before your implant rod can be implanted in your jaw, your broken tooth will need to be extracted. After the extraction, a titanium metal rod will be implanted and then a crown will be attached to the implanted rod which will act like your natural tooth. Replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant will help prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place and will help restore your chewing ability.

Dental implants can last a lifetime and are cared for in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. It is important to note that the dental implant procedure and the healing process can take months, however, the benefits typically outweigh the longer time frame.

If you have a broken tooth, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Restorative dentistry treatments such as the above treatments can enhance your smile and restore functionality to the oral cavity. Prompt dental intervention for broken teeth will also help lower your risk for a pulp infection and enhance your ability to speak and eat. 

For more info about restorative dentistry treatments, contact a local professional.