A cracked or broken tooth is a common dental emergency. It can happen when you’re in an accident, playing sports, biting into something, or when your tooth has become decayed. When it happens, you’ll need to visit the dentist immediately. You certainly don’t want to risk losing your tooth completely.
The best fix for your broken tooth will depend on the severity of the break. The three main treatment options are: dental bonding, a crown, or veneers.
1. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding, sometimes called cosmetic bonding, is a good choice for when you need to repair only a minor chip or crack in your tooth. Your dentist can use a tooth-colored composite resin to fill in the chip and reshape the tooth. Then, it will be filed and polished until it looks just like the rest of your teeth.
2. A Crown
A crown is the treatment of choice when the broken tooth is weak, especially if it is decayed. It acts as a cap, completely covering the tooth and making it stable again so you can chew and smile without worry. Crowns are custom-created to match the rest of your smile.
Veneers are a good option if you want to improve the appearance of your smile. Unlike crowns, which strengthen the broken tooth, veneers are purely cosmetic. Crowns also cover the entire tooth, while veneers are attached just to the front of the tooth. Veneers are made of custom-created layers of porcelain or resin designed to perfectly match the rest of your teeth. They are a purely cosmetic solution for a chipped tooth, and are likely to be the most expensive option.
What to Do When Your Tooth Breaks
- Contact your dentist (if you have injured your jaw or have a life-threatening injury, you should instead go to the emergency room).
- Bring the broken piece(s) of your tooth with you to the dentist.
- Be careful not to let a sharp edge cut the inside of your mouth until your tooth can be repaired.
Breaking a tooth may feel like the end of the world at the time, but rest assured, our dentist, Dr. Timmerman, can repair your tooth and restore your smile using bonding, a crown, or veneers.