An emergency dentist should be called if you break a tooth or teeth. Unidental in Stockport offers same-day emergency dental appointments, because we know how traumatic, distressing, and painful breaking a tooth can be.
There are steps you can take to avoid breaking your teeth – asking your dentist to create you a custom-fit sports mouthguard for playing sports that involve fast-moving objects or contact, for example – but even with the best-laid plans, accidents can happen.
Depending on the nature and extent of the breakage, it may be possible for your Stockport dentist to bond the fragments of your tooth back together. This involves using composite material – the same substance that is used for white fillings. If you still have the broken pieces of tooth, bring them along to our Stockport clinic with you.
Even if it is not possible to bond the tooth fragments back together, your Stockport dentist has a number of options available to them. The best course of treatment will be determined by a number of factors, including:
- The extent of the damage
- The location of the tooth
- The reason behind the breakage
Stockport tooth restoration options
Your dentist may be able to use tooth-coloured composite material to rebuild the tooth. After first smoothing down any rough edges, a shade of composite material that matches your natural teeth will be chosen, to ensure the results look natural.
If dental decay has contributed to your tooth breakage, your Stockport dentist may use white (tooth-coloured) filling material to restore it, after first removing all areas of decay. This material is strong, durable, and will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.
Porcelain inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are a half-step between a filling and a crown, and are an excellent option when your tooth needs additional strength. Inlays sit in tooth cavities, whilst onlays cover them. These options require two appointments with your Stockport dentist.
Tooth-coloured crowns are used when a tooth has suffered severe damage and additional reinforcement is required. Crowns will require some preparation of your tooth, and you will need at least two appointments.