A congenitally missing tooth is the most common human dental irregularity. The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias estimates that as many as 20% of adults may be without at least one permanent tooth. The condition, also called tooth agenesis or hypodontia, tends to affect certain teeth: the lateral incisors, second premolars, and wisdom teeth (third…
General Dentist Treatments for Broken Front Teeth
If a general dentist was asked about the most common dental problem that they deal with on a regular basis, the reply will likely be tooth trauma, which is something most people have experienced at one time or another. Even though having a chipped or broken tooth can be painful, there are plenty of treatment options available to restore the tooth’s appearance.
General dentist treatments for broken front teeth
A broken front tooth is something that can occur while playing contact sports, while biting down on hard food or candy, during an accident or when simply tripping on a sidewalk. No matter how the injury occurred, a visit to a general dentist can have the tooth looking as good as new.
When it comes to fixing the tooth, the most common treatments used by dentists include:
This procedure does not require the use of a numbing agent. The dentist simply fixes the broken tooth by roughing up the surface of the tooth with a liquid or gel to ensure that the bonding material will stick to the tooth. When the surface of the tooth is ready, the dentist will apply an adhesive to the tooth, then a tooth-colored resin is molded to look like a natural tooth before it is hardened in place using an ultraviolet light.
A general dentist will opt for a dental crown if a large piece of the tooth broke off. Part of the remaining tooth is filed away so the remaining part of the tooth can be covered with the dental crown. Like the resin material used for bonding, dental crowns can be colored to match the other natural teeth.
These are popular when it comes to fixing broken front teeth because the veneer, which is usually made from porcelain, can be molded to fill the broken part of the tooth and color match the other teeth. The fact that they are more durable than resin makes them perfect for replacing broken front teeth. Before the dental veneers can be used to fix the broken tooth, some of the enamel on the surface of the tooth has to be removed. After the enamel has been removed, the dental veneer is used to cover the broken tooth, then it is hardened into place.
An implant is only used to fix a broken tooth if the damage is too extensive to save the tooth, which will have to be extracted. A titanium post is fused to the gum tissue to act like a tooth root, which stimulates bone growth. After the gum tissue has fully healed, an artificial tooth is then attached to the titanium post.
These are used in situations where the damage to the tooth is big enough to expose the pulp. In this situation, the general dentist will clean out the damaged tooth and remove the pulp before covering it up with a dental crown to prevent further damage to the tooth and protect it from infection.
Having a broken tooth can be a painful experience, but it is one that can easily be fixed. If you have a broken tooth and do not want to walk around with a hole in your mouth, contact a general dentist to go over your treatment options.
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