Looking to understand the difference between a dental inlay and a regular filling? Dental inlays are one of many restoration options that general dentists offer patients who are suffering from a damaged tooth. Another common option is a dental filling, which has varying characteristics but offers a similar outcome.Long ago, there were very limited options…
Repair Options for a Broken Tooth
Suffering a broken tooth can be scary. However, there are several effective ways that dentists can promptly treat a broken tooth and restore its health and appearance. It is important to know the proper way to handle a broken tooth once it occurs, as well as the available treatment options to consider from your dentist.
Options for broken tooth restoration
The available forms of treatment for a broken tooth depend on the severity of the break, the location of the tooth and the preference of the patient and the general dentist. Common options for repairing a broken tooth include dental bonding, dental veneers and dental crowns.
Dental bonding, also called composite resin bonding, is a type of dental restoration that uses a tooth-colored material to fix chips, cracks and other types of broken teeth. Dental bonding is often a more affordable option than dental veneers, although they typically do not last as long and are less capable of fixing more severely broken teeth. With that said, dental bonding is a great option for fixing minor concerns. They can easily be applied by the dentist in a single visit, and the process is non-invasive.
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain material that are custom-fit over damaged teeth to restore the size, shape, function and appearance of the tooth. Dental veneers are one of the more commonly recommended repair options for a broken tooth. This is because they are durable, look great and can protect teeth from further damage. Veneers often cost more than bonding initially, but they often are good value, considering the long-term reliability they offer.
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a broken tooth to restore its size, shape and health. It protects the tooth from further damage and can improve appearance. There are several different types of dental crowns, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal alloy, gold and ceramic. The best type of crown depends on the location of the tooth and the preference of the patient. Dental crowns are often most appropriate for a more severely broken tooth.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is often necessary if a broken tooth extends toward the root and causes damage or leads to a tooth infection. A root canal involves accessing the pulp chamber in the root of the tooth and removing the infected tooth pulp. The dentist will then fill the cavity and seal it. Often, a dental crown is needed after root canal therapy to properly protect the tooth from further harm and to restore its size and shape.
Find out more about broken tooth treatment
Give our team a call today to arrange a time for a consultation visit for your broken tooth. We can assess the severity of the damage and explain all available treatment options. We are glad to answer your questions, and our dental team takes great pride in helping patients through the often-stressful process of receiving prompt treatment for a broken tooth.
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