Options for Fixing a Fractured Tooth
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on December 17, 2019
A fractured or broken tooth can dull your smile’s sparkle and put a damper on your confidence. If you find yourself with a broken or damaged tooth, your first step should be to call Sonoran Dental Design, the office of trusted dentist Ann Sielicki. Dr. Sielicki has a wide range of treatment options to restore your tooth to optimal form, function and appearance.
In cases of very small and uncomplicated fractures, dental bonding may be a good option. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to correct the appearance of a tooth. The material is painted onto the tooth and sculpted as needed; then, it is hardened with a special blue light and polished.
With more extensive fractures, a restoration like a crown might be needed. Crowns or “caps” cover the exterior of the tooth to restore normal shape, appearance and chewing function. Crowns also protect a damaged tooth from further damage. Dr. Sielicki offers CEREC crowns, which can be designed, created and placed in a single appointment.
When broken or fractured teeth pose more of a cosmetic issue than a functional one, veneers may be useful. Veneers are small porcelain shells or sheaths that cover the front surface of a tooth to hide imperfections and surface damage. They are often used on the front teeth that show when smiling.
Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes very bad fractures can expose or damage the “pulp” of the tooth, or the tissue inside the tooth containing nerves. In these situations, root canal therapy is needed to remove the damaged tissue, clean out the inner chambers of the tooth and seal them off so that the infection does not reoccur. After a root canal, a crown is placed to reshape and support the tooth.
A tooth that is so badly broken it has fractured into two pieces must be removed and replaced. Dental implants look, feel and function very similarly to natural, healthy teeth. They are comprised of an artificial tooth supported by a titanium post or screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone.
Learn More About Fixing a Fractured Tooth
If you have broken or otherwise damaged a tooth, Dr. Sielicki is here to help. She will evaluate the severity of the damage and recommend the solution that best suits your individual needs. Contact Sonoran Dental Design today to request an appointment with Dr. Sielicki.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily