Prompt action is key to restoring a broken tooth.
It can be a sickening feeling when you feel a tooth break. Although the tooth may have been previously weakened by poor oral care or a previous knock, even healthy teeth can accidentally break under certain circumstances.
Whether the damage to your tooth is severe or fairly minimal though, prompt treatment should be sought by calling The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt on 01992 643 388 as soon as you possibly can following the incident.
The type of damage that has occurred will determine the procedure used to restore the tooth by our dental team.
Even the short journey from surrounding areas such as Waltham Cross should be made as soon as possible to prevent any minor damage from becoming worse. Sharp edges too may cause cuts to the lips and gums until treated.
In the case of a tooth receiving a minor chip, we may simply use a dental bonding mixture to repair the damaged area, leaving it smooth again. Bonding is unlikely to be used for more extensive damage though as it lacks the long-term strength of other alternatives.
Depending on the size and shape of the damage, porcelain dental veneers may be used. These are likely to be especially useful where the surface area of a visible tooth has become damaged but may also used for more general repairs.
Naturally, you will be examined by the dentist at Lodge Dental Suite to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment for the damage.
Where at all possible, we will do all that we can to preserve a tooth. In cases where the damage is too severe that repairs can’t be made however, an extraction may be necessary.
If this occurs, we will discuss the various available options to replace the missing tooth, such as a bridge or dental implants.
For the majority of badly damaged teeth though, a crown will be used to restore the tooth. These can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain and gold and are created in a shape made to fit over the damaged tooth which will be prepared beforehand.
The crown will then be attached to the tooth using a dental cement that will hold it firmly in place.
If you have broken or damaged a tooth and live in the Waltham Cross area, don’t delay, call the Lodge Dental Suite as soon as you can and let us restore it for you.