Well it happened, you bit down on your food just like you have done hundreds of thousands of times before and your tooth broke. Once you got over the initial shock, the first thing that came into your mind is can my tooth be saved or am I looking at an extraction. In most cases, the answer is yes it can be saved! An experienced dentist utilizing one of several dental techniques, which are quick and cost effective, will be able repair the tooth.
The first thing to do is to call the dentist as soon as possible, especially if you are experiencing any pain. In many cases, a broken tooth with pain is usually considered a dental emergency, meaning quick access to the dentist. Provided there is no pain, the dentist will schedule you in as soon as possible and perform an examination of the tooth to see where it is broken and what is left.
Many times the dentist will recommend either a bonded composite filling or a porcelain crown. Bonded composite filling material can be used to build up the missing part of the tooth and is very durable. It is not uncommon to see broken teeth repaired with this technique and the repair still in place 20 years later!
In other cases, the dentist will recommend that a crown be placed over the remaining tooth, which will act as a helmet, protecting the remaining part of the tooth. In either case, the repair will provide years of service and will look as well as feel like a normal tooth!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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