Here at Station Park Dental, our goal is to help our patients achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. A broken tooth can be a surprising and painful experience. We are here to make that experience more comfortable. For more information on how we can help your damaged tooth, keep reading.
Reasons For A Broken Tooth
There are several reasons that you may break your tooth. The most common cause is trauma. This can happen eating something hard or in a car accident. Another way you can get a broken tooth is through decay. Dental decay can cause the tooth to weaken, making it more susceptible to breaking. If the tooth breaks because of decay, your dentist will repair the decay before replacing the broken part. No matter the reason for the broken tooth, we are here to help you achieve your best smile.
If there is a small piece of the tooth missing, dental bonding might be the right option. In this procedure, your dentist uses bonding material to redesign the part of the missing tooth. This material is malleable, so it can be formed to your liking before it is hardened.
This option is best if there is a large piece of the natural tooth missing. This is a porcelain cap that fits over the entire tooth. One advantage of a crown is that it can protect the whole tooth from discoloration and decay.
Dental Bridges and Implants
If you are missing a large amount of the tooth, including part of the tooth under the gums, a dental implant or bridge may be right for you. Depending on the severity of the missing tooth, the dentist may need to extract the tooth before the restoration. After the extraction, the dentist can repair the tooth with a dental bridge or implant. Typically a bridge is less expensive than an implant. A dental bridge attaches to a healthy anchor tooth on both sides of the missing tooth. Some people like to think of a bridge as many dental crowns attached together.
If you are looking to replace the root of the tooth and the crown, a dental implant may be right for you. A dental implant has a post that sits in your gums. The post acts as the root of the tooth. Then, an abutment and a crown are placed on the post. A dental implant will look like your natural teeth.
Tooth Repair Options
There are many different ways to repair a broken tooth. To find out which option is best for you, call Station Park Dental. Our Farmington, Utah staff would love to talk to you.