Repair And Prevent Fractured Teeth
While teeth are very strong, cracked or broken teeth are actually fairly common. A fall, rotting of the teeth, an impact to the mouth, or even biting down on something hard can cause a tooth to fracture, chip, or break. To preserve the remainder of the tooth, any broken or fractured teeth should be treated as soon as possible.
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The treatment your dentist uses for fractured teeth, will depend on the type and extent of the damage. Here are some basic explanations of the different types of tooth fracture and the corresponding treatments:
Cracks in the surface, or enamel of the tooth, do not always require professional treatment. However, your dentist can polish the surface of the tooth to smooth the cracks.
Cracks In The Tooth
If a cracked tooth is treated quickly, the cracks can often be simply filled. In cases of more extensive damage, a crown may be used to protect the tooth, and if the nerves have been affected, a root canal may be necessary.
Chipped teeth can often be polished to smooth the roughened edges. Large chips can be filled with dental filler, the same as cracks. A chipped tooth may be easily treated, but you should still visit your dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Deep Breaks or Split Teeth
A broken tooth can expose the nerve, causing pain and bleeding. A root canal is usually done to remove the affected nerves, and a crown is placed to protect the remainder of the tooth. Similarly, if a tooth splits vertically, the nerves and interior of the tooth are exposed. In this case, a root canal would be necessary, damaged roots would be removed, and a crown would be placed over the remaining roots. If damaged beyond repair, the tooth would simply be removed.
In the case of cavities, damage to the tooth grows from the inside out. In these instances, your dentist will be able to determine the extent of the damage, and treatment may range from filling the cavity to complete removal of the tooth in more severe cases.