Are you suffering from broken teeth? Has a sudden injury or a longtime illness left a tooth shattered? If you recently broke a tooth, you don’t have to ignore the problem.
There are many solutions for how to fix broken teeth, no matter how serious or minor the damage is. At Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants, we can help you regain comfort and confidence in your smile in as little as one appointment. To learn more about the options you have to treat your broken tooth, keep reading below!
Assessing Your Broken Teeth
When you contact us about a broken tooth, the first thing we will do is determine how serious the problem is. While any tooth damage usually feels like a major problem, there are degrees of tooth loss that determine what kind of procedure you will need.
To assess your needs, we’ll start by doing a visual scan of the damage. Sometimes, seeing what percentage of your tooth is missing gives us enough information to form a plan of action. If not, we can take x-rays and do a more thorough oral exam to find out exactly how best to treat you.
Solutions for Mild Damage
Mild tooth loss includes minor chips and breaks, which are usually caused by impact injuries. Deep cavities and tooth decay can also be classified as mild damage.
These problems can typically be solved without removing what remains of your original tooth. In the case of tooth decay, we’ll insert a filling or perform a root canal to save your tooth and protect against future decay. We can also apply a sealant to your remaining healthy teeth to protect them from potential decay.
If there are minor chips and breaks in your teeth, we can bond the tooth. “Bonding” describes a process in which we attach tooth-colored resin to your tooth to return it to its natural shape and appearance. In some cases, we can even reattach a broken fragment of the original tooth.
Solutions for Serious Damage
More serious tooth damage requires more serious interventions. A tooth shattered or missing means that a replacement will need to be inserted, which usually involves a dental implant, a bridge, or a crown.
Implants are a surgical addition to your mouth. They involve inserting a small metal rod into your jawbone and then anchoring an artificial tooth onto that rod. Because of their design, it is necessary to completely remove a damaged tooth before replacing it with an implant.
Bridges are also designed to replace missing teeth, but they are usually non-surgical in nature. Even when your bridges are mounted on dental implants, you won’t need surgical work at the site of each missing tooth.
Crowns fit over existing teeth and can be used to improve the appearance of broken teeth without completely removing the tooth itself.
Tooth Shattered? Let Us Help!
Don’t wait around with a broken tooth in your mouth. The sooner you seek Dr. Ross’ help for your broken teeth, the sooner you’ll be able to return to your normal life. Plus, addressing your problem immediately reduces the risk of incurring long-term damage.
Whether you’ve found your tooth shattered or just a little chipped, we’re here to help. Our team at Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants has the wide range of skills to treat any tooth injury with care and a professional touch. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you achieve your dream smile