Breaking a tooth is a distressing experience. It's also a relatively common occurrence, as teeth can be broken after being weakened through decay, from accidents such as trips and falls and by playing contact sports without a mouthguard. Biting hard foods can also lead to broken teeth.
At Aesthetic Smiles we offer a range of treatment options for patients who have broken a tooth. The best treatment for you will depend on your individual circumstances, the nature of the break and where the broken tooth is in your mouth.
What to do if you break a tooth
If you break a tooth, don't try to repair it yourself by placing it back into your gum. Keep the fragment in a clean container, covered with milk or saliva, and book an appointment with us. In some cases it is possible to reattach the broken fragment of the tooth. If not, don't panic – there are a number of alternatives available.
Veneers are thin slivers of porcelain placed over the front of a tooth. They are usually applied to the six teeth in the upper jaw – the teeth that show when you smile. If you have a small chip or break in a front tooth, it may be possible to cover the tooth with a veneer, restoring its appearance. A very thin amount of enamel is removed from the tooth and a veneer is made to the exact same thickness, with a thicker part to disguise the chip or break. Your veneer will be made to match the natural shade of your teeth. Using our CEREC machine, your veneer can be created while you wait.
Crowns, also called caps, are restorations placed over the top of a weakened or damaged tooth to improve appearance and restore functionality. If you have broken a molar (back tooth) and lost some of the chewing surface, it may be possible to fill the tooth and restore it with a crown. Using our CEREC machine your crown can be made while you wait, and will be made to match the natural colour of your teeth.
Composite bonding uses the same strong composite material used in white fillings to restore a broken or damaged tooth. It is the most common treatment for broken teeth and can, in most cases, be completed in one appointment. Your dentist will choose a shade of composite material that closely matches the natural colouring of your teeth and will attach it to your tooth before shaping it to look natural and feel comfortable. A UV light is then used to harden the material. Treatment usually takes just one hour.