Cracked Tooth

How a dentist can restore broken teeth

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.

restore-broken-teethThere 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

Composite bonding

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.

White fillings

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.

Crowns

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.

How your dentist can replace lost teeth to restore your smile

Every dentist will tell you that replacing missing teeth is important. At Unidental in Stockport we offer a number of solutions to tooth loss. Whether you have lost one tooth or several, you should come in for a consultation as soon as possible after tooth loss occurs, in order to preserve your oral and general health – as well as your self-confidence.

replace-lost-teethPeople loose teeth for a variety of reasons – dental decay, untreated gum disease, injuries or accidents involving the head or face, even as part of the natural ageing process. Whatever has caused you to lose a tooth or teeth, at our Stockport dental practice a dentist will find the perfect solution.

Tooth replacement options from your Stockport dentist

Dentures

Dentures can be used to replace all the teeth in one or both jaws (a full denture) or some of the teeth in either jaw (a partial denture). There have been dentures of one form or another for many centuries, and the modern versions are more realistic in terms of both action and appearance than ever before.

Your Stockport dentist will make sure your denture fits snugly over your gums, and you will be able to take it out to clean.

Bridges

Traditional dental bridges can be used to replace one or two adjacent teeth, and take their support from surrounding teeth. If those teeth are strong, healthy, and free from large fillings, a traditional dental bridge can be a good option. Your dentist will make sure the bridge matches your existing teeth.

Dental implants

At our Stockport dental practice, we believe that dental implants are often the best way to replace missing teeth – from one tooth to all your teeth. Implants are titanium tooth roots that hold a crown, bridge, or denture in place with no need for any work to be done on adjacent teeth.

An implant-retained bridge can contain more teeth than a standard bridge, whilst with implant-secured dentures the problem of bone loss is avoided. After placing your implant(s) under local anaesthetic or sedation, your dentist will leave them to heal before attaching your permanent new teeth on top.

When the Crack Leads to a Wreck: Cracked Teeth can be Dangerous

Compared to conditions like periodontitis, edentulism, and halitosis, most people would quickly assume that a cracked tooth is a fairly petty oral health problem. A simple slit in the tooth won’t cause damage as serious as periodontal pockets in the mouth, right?

Wrong.

cracked toothMost people tend to believe that mild and temporary pain is the only thing that comes with a cracked tooth. It is ironic that when patients experience this dental emergency, they rarely see it as a problem that requires urgent attention. They postpone treatments and simply put up with the symptoms.

While some cases are insignificant, others develop potentially dangerous complications that may require extensive treatment.

Attack of the Cracked Tooth

The most critical risk of leaving a cracked tooth unaddressed is the possibility of abscess formation. A fracture in the tooth makes the nerve inside vulnerable. Over time, the nerve and cells inside of the tissue die and discharge the contents. This develops into pus and may trigger severe pain.

Left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss and serious complications, including sepsis (blood infection), osteomyelitis (bone infection), and cavernous sinus thrombosis (life-threatening blood clot).

Treatment for the Problem

Because of the health risks associated with a cracked tooth, it is important to seek care immediately to prevent more serious conditions.

If the tooth can be saved with a restoration the best option is to have a crown.

Crowns are an ideal solution and involve grinding a segment of the remaining tooth and placing on a tooth-shaped cap. This improves function and appearance of the tooth and provides protection of the remaining tooth tissue.

If the tooth become infected the treatment solution would be root canal therapy. This is what we recommend for patients where the fracture is large enough and reveals the pulp and tooth infection. Root canal therapy entails eliminating dead pulp, cleaning the canal and closing it off.

A cracked tooth, simple as it may sound, is a big deal. It can cause serious complications, which may affect not just your oral health, but overall wellbeing. Seek treatment immediately. We offer a range of solutions for cracked tooth problems. Schedule an appointment with us today.