12 Jul Recommended Dental Treatments for Broken Teeth
Accidents happen from time to time – it’s inevitable. Some incidents are unexpected and can result in broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
If you find yourself in this situation, it’s not the end of the world. With the advancements in dentistry, it is still possible to fix damaged, chipped or broken teeth with various dental treatments.
In this article, we’ll share some insights into the different dental treatments that can fix broken teeth.
What are the symptoms of damaged teeth?
Before we dive into the different treatments, we need first to understand the different types of damage to your teeth.
The first layer that can be damaged is the enamel, which is the external layer of your teeth that safeguards them from the elements. The topmost part of the enamel is called the crown; this is the white hard exterior part that you brush every day!
When this enamel is damaged, either chipped, fractured or broken, it can potentially affect the structural integrity of the crown – especially when left untreated.
Some symptoms of damage to the enamel, include sensitivity to hot and cold, feeling pain when biting or chewing, or inflammation near the tongue or cheek due to rubbing against the broken part of the teeth. In some cases, there may not be any symptoms at all, which is completely normal, as the enamel doesn’t have any nerves connected to it. However, this can potentially lead to decaying of the tooth as food particles and bacteria build up in the damaged section. Over time, this can lead to cavities and further deterioration of the teeth.
Treatments for broken teeth
As with any teeth damage, it is best to come to visit the dentist and have it diagnosed to determine the proper treatment plans. The treatments also vary depending on the extent of the tooth damage. Below are just some of the common treatments for broken teeth.
The dentist glues special dental materials to the cracked teeth, which are then shaped by the dentist to conform with the rest of the enamel.
These are generally custom made for each patient whose teeth have been chipped or cracked, but still has portions of it strong and healthy enough to fix.
Dental crowns are placed in parts of the chipped or broken teeth (partial or full) and then bonded to the teeth to make them as strong as possible. Also, dental crowns are often necessary for the success of root canal treatment.
For the most severe damage, where the pulp (internal structure) of the teeth is damaged, root canal treatment is the solution. A root canal involves the filing and cleaning of the damaged tooth in order to save whatever natural part of the tooth is left. Dental crowns are then placed on top to strengthen the structure.
If dentists deem that the damage is too severe to perform any treatments, the only option left is tooth extraction.
On a closing note, we hope this article has given you insight into what treatment options are available for damaged teeth. Don’t forget to share this useful information with your friends or family to let them know that damaged teeth can still be repaired!
Give us a call at Rejuvie Dental Clinic Bali, and we’ll set you up an appointment with one of our professionals.