How To Fix A Broken Tooth?
Breaking a tooth can understandably be a source of stress and worry for our patients. While breaking or chipping a bit of tooth isn’t usually a serious emergency, it’s still upsetting. One of the questions our patients ask us the most is ‘ How to fix a broken tooth?’. There are actually different ways our Blue Water dentists can fix your chipped or broken tooth, depending on the existing damage to your tooth, personal preference, and costs. Keep on reading to discover how to fix a broken tooth.
Dental Filling or Bonding
When your tooth breaks, the first option is to go for a filling or bonding. If the tooth is a back tooth, your dentist will place an amalgam filling, but if you have a broken or chipped front tooth, then your dentist can place resin also called bonding, which is a tooth coloured material. They usually last 5 to 10 years depending on the material, and are the cheapest way to fix a broken tooth.
Getting a crown to fix a damaged tooth is more time consuming. Usually, it will be done in two visits. First, your dentist will take an X-ray to ensure there is no extensive damage to the nerve. Once the dentist is confident the crown is a good choice for you, your tooth will be numbed and some of it will be removed to make place for the crown. Next, an impression of your tooth will be taken and sent to a lab. At the second appointment, the crown will be placed to correct the broken tooth.
A veneer is the most aesthetically pleasing option to repair a chipped tooth, and the most expensive one. It is made out of porcelain, and your tooth will be shaved down to make room for the veneer. It will also require two visits to the dentist as the veneer will be specially made for your tooth in a lab.
If you would like to discuss further options or ask for advice, please get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to help.