Have you broken a tooth playing sport or after taking a tumble, or is your tooth badly chipped? If you have a broken tooth as a result of an accident or injury or your teeth are worn or brittle, we’re here to help.
If you need urgent assistance for a broken tooth, we’ll try and see you as quickly as possible. Your dentist will examine the tooth, and they will probably do an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage. If the tooth is fractured severely and it’s not possible to save it, we will recommend extracting it and we can talk to you about possible replacement options. In many cases, it will be possible to restore the tooth using a filling or a crown. Fillings are ideal for minor chips, while crowns can be used to strengthen the tooth when damage is more pronounced. A crown is sometimes known as a cap, as it sits over the top of the tooth. If you do need a crown, a temporary crown may be placed. This will help to stabilise and support your tooth while your permanent crown is being crafted. Another option for chipped teeth may be aesthetic bonding, also known as composite or cosmetic bonding.
In cases where the teeth are worn and crumbly, we often recommend taking steps to prevent further damage. Often, acid erosion and bruxism (the medical name for tooth grinding) can take their toll on the teeth. Erosion is usually the result of a diet rich in sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and we recommend cutting out fizzy drinks, sugary treats and avoiding snacking during the day. Brushing too hard can also damage the enamel. If you suffer from tooth wear as a result of grinding your teeth, we may advise you to consider wearing a bite guard. This is a custom-made device, which helps to prevent the upper and lower arches of teeth rubbing together while you sleep.
Call us today if you’re struggling with a broken tooth, and we’ll find the perfect solution for you.