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If you have a broken tooth, it can cause havoc in your life. Not only can it be painful, but it can also cause functional problems. These problems may include difficulty eating and speaking. At Mason Miner DDS, we understand this can be a difficult time for you. Below we have options we can put in place to help restore your broken tooth. 


Reasons For A Broken Tooth

There are many reasons you may have a broken tooth. One reason a healthy tooth can break is through trauma. Such as getting hit in a sport or a car accident. To prevent trauma to teeth during sports, Dr. Miner recommends a dental appliance. This may include a mouthguard. A mouthguard can help protect the teeth during contact sports. 

Often, teeth become broken if they are first weakened. Diseases such as decay and periodontal disease cause the tooth to weaken. Decay usually begins with bacteria that create acid that eats away at the tooth. The decay can eat away the protective layer of the tooth, the enamel. This makes it more likely for the bacteria to enter the tooth. Periodontal disease weakens the tooth from the gums. Bacteria collects on the gums, which can eat away at the bone, gums, and tooth. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day can help prevent decay. 


Symptoms of A Broken Tooth

If the tooth has decay before it breaks, you may feel pain and discomfort before the tooth breaks. Yet, if you have a healthy tooth that breaks due to trauma, you may not feel anything until the break. After the break, you may notice part of the tooth is gone. If you can find it, place it in a bag or bottle of milk and bring it to Mason Miner DDS. A break may expose the roots of the tooth. This can cause significant pain and sensitivity to cold and heat. You may also notice swelling around the tooth area in the gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, call Dr. Miner to schedule an appointment. 


Restorations For Broken Teeth

The type of break the tooth endures will determine the type of tooth restoration. If the crack is small, Dr. Miner may recommend a dental filling or dental bonding. Larger breaks may need more extensive restoration. These include dental crowns, bridges, and implants. Keep reading for more information on each restoration option. 


Dental Filling and Dental Bonding

Both use a material called composite resin. The difference between the two is where the resin is. For a dental filling, the resin is inside the tooth. This is like the procedure done to repair a dental cavity. Dental bonding is on the outside of the tooth. Unlike dental fillings, which are for restorative dentistry, dental bonding can be for cosmetic purposes. 

Dental Crowns and Bridges 

Dental crowns and bridges are made of a porcelain material that is shaped to your liking. A dental crown is a cap that sits over the top of the tooth. A dental bridge is many dental crowns attached together to make a bridge over the broken tooth. The two side crowns on a dental bridge are attached to adjacent healthy teeth. 

Dental Implant

If the tooth break is irreparable, Dr. Miner may recommend an extraction with a dental implant. If the tooth is removed, the implant can then be placed in its spot. The implant has a titanium post that acts as the tooth’s root. It sits in the gums. Then, the abutment is attached to the top of the tooth and then the crown goes on the abutment. The tooth’s crown is made like other dental crowns and fits on top of the dental implant. 


A broken tooth can be a harrowing experience. At Mason Miner DDS, we are here to help you through the process. For more information or to book an appointment, call our office.


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