A heathy tooth generally should not chip or break. When a chipped or broken tooth occurs it is usually due to reasons such as trauma or decay. Teeth that have had large fillings are also weaker and this can also make it more prone to cracking or breaking. Sometimes chipped or broken teeth can cause pain, discomfort and sensitivity, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, it is advised that you consult a dentist immediately. At My Dentist at Cannon Hill we will determine the reason why your tooth chipped or broke and determine your individual needs of the tooth and recommend a mode of repair.
Caring for a Cracked or Broken Tooth
In the time before your dentist appointment, there are a few things you can do to prevent further damage:
- Avoid chewing in the affected area
- Do not consume food that is hard
- Do not consume food at extreme temperatures
- Take over-the-counter painkillers if needed
- Brush gently and clean the broken or chipped tooth well
Dental Treatment Options for a Cracked or Broken Tooth
Our professional dentist at My Dentist at Cannon Hill are trained in a number of ways to rectify broken or chipped teeth. Each individual case is different and requires personalised treatment, service and care.
Tooth coloured fillings
If a tooth is chipped or broken a filling sometimes can be placed to restore the tooth back to its original shape. However depending on the size of the break or chip a filling sometimes will only be an interim solution.
Veneers are a common solution for repairing chipped or broken front teeth. Available in either porcelain or composite resin, all of our veneers are measured in Morningside and are custom-made to fit the front of your teeth perfectly. These are a natural looking solution for your most visible teeth.
If a tooth is extremely damaged as a result of a large cavity, a crown may be used to restore its appearance and strength. Covering the entire tooth, crowns can be made to any shape or size and are cemented or bonded in place. They are available in full metal, porcelain fused with metal and full porcelain.
Root Canal Treatment
Depending on the severity of the damage, in some cases the tooth may require root canal treatment to save the tooth. This process involves cleaning out diseased pulp and resealing the tooth canal.
Replacing Broken Teeth
Sometimes teeth can break in a way where it is not restorable and treatable. If your cracked tooth is not treatable, there is an option of removing the tooth. The options to replacing this tooth can be a denture, a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Broken Tooth Repair Costs Involved
The cost of dental work varies between individual cases. We at My Dentist at Cannon Hill understand that dentistry sometimes exceeds personal budgets, therefore we now offer interest free payment plans.
To makeover your smile and repair any cracks or breakages, book an appointment with our highly skilled dentist at My Dentist at Cannon Hill online or by calling 07 3902 1023.