Options to Repair a Broken Tooth

Broken Tooth San Jose, CA

A broken tooth can be very painful, and if left untreated, it could lead to an infection. There are many options available for you to repair a tooth. Your dentist will discuss the best option with you based on your individual needs and desires, but here are some popular options.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are used in the back of your jaw where there is enough bone for them to be placed securely.

A denture or partial dentures are often recommended if only one tooth needs replacing, but complete dentures can also work well when multiple teeth need replacing. These replacement options look very natural and will allow you to eat and speak normally.

With dental implants, a metal or titanium post is placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal. This post bonds with your natural bone structure to create a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth (crowns). 

Crowns

A crown can be used to cover a broken tooth or teeth. It is often made of porcelain and metal, so it matches the color and size of your other teeth. Crowns are bonded permanently onto your natural tooth, allowing you to eat with ease again.

Filling/bonding

Bonding is a procedure where a plastic resin fills the damaged area and makes it look natural again. This is often done for small chips. If only a tiny chip has occurred, your dentist can use filling material to fix the tooth.

Root canal therapy

If a root canal has been performed on the broken tooth before you consult with your dentist, then it may be possible to reattach the crown. If a root canal has not been performed, your tooth may still be saved with an inlay/onlay (described below).

Root canals are necessary when there is infection present within the pulp of your tooth and possibly around the nerve center as well. The fluid from this infected material must be cleaned out before you can have any other treatment. The root canal procedure can be completed in one to three visits, depending on the complexity of your case.

Inlays/onlays

If you have a minor fracture or crack that doesn't require a complete crown restoration but does need some coverage over the top of it, then your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay. Inlays/Onlays are custom-made shells that fit over your tooth and protect it from further damage caused by chewing or grinding (bruxism). 

Dental bridges

If you have a tooth missing and another in front of it, your dentist may be able to create a bridge. A dental bridge comprises two crowns on either side (called abutments) and one replacement tooth in between them called the pontic. 

A special impression will need to be taken at your first appointment to create the bridge. Your dentist will then make a model of your teeth and gums, which they will send out to a dental lab for fabrication. This process may take several weeks, but you can return to your routine once it is done.

Dentures

If you are missing all your teeth, dentures may be a good option to replace them. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Complete dentures cover all remaining natural teeth helping restore yours smile. 

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