Treatment Options for a Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can be scary, but there are various treatment options available for a broken tooth after one occurs.

With prompt care, a broken tooth can be restored to full health and function. This allows the person who suffered the injury to endure as little pain and sensitivity in the affected area as possible.

Broken Tooth Treatment Options

There are various options available to treat a broken tooth. The exact treatment decided upon depends largely on the severity and exact nature of the broken tooth.

The following are the five most common treatment options for a broken tooth.

Dental filling

A dental filling is a good treatment option for a broken tooth. Especially if the broken tooth results in missing fragments of the tooth.

The main purpose of a dental filling is to restore the function and morphology of a tooth that is not complete. Most commonly, a dental filling is used to fill in the effects of tooth decay. But, it is very successful in treating a broken tooth that has enamel damage as well.

Inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays are the perfect solutions for a broken tooth that has severe damage to only a small part of the tooth and not the whole tooth.

Whereas a dental crown is meant to cover the entire tooth, inlays and onlays can only cover a portion of the tooth. This leaves the healthy part of the tooth still intact. Inlays and onlays are typically made of either a composite resin or porcelain material. But, gold may be used in some instances as well.

Dental crowns

A dental crown is perhaps the most popular method for treating a broken tooth. A dental crown is meant to cover the entire tooth, rather than just the portion of the tooth that is broken.

A dental crown is in many cases the best way to restore the look, feel and function to a broken tooth. It can restore the tooth’s appearance as well. Dental crowns are also more durable than fillings or inlays and onlays.

Dental veneers

A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made shell of tooth-colored material. Dental veneers are often a treatment option for a broken tooth, although the procedure usually requires more work than with a dental crown.

Dental veneers are best used for broken teeth with minor damage, especially those that affect the visible part of the tooth the most. Veneers can provide a comfortable, long-term solution for a broken tooth.

Root canal treatment

In many cases after a broken tooth occurs - especially if the broken tooth is left untreated for a significant amount of time - an infection may develop inside of the tooth’s pulp. This requires a root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp and restore the tooth to full health.

A root canal is usually done along with a restorative treatment, such as the placement of a dental crown, dental veneers, dental fillings and inlays and onlays.

If you are considering treatment for a broken tooth, contact us and schedule a time to come in to learn more about options available for you.

Request an appointment here: or call Visalia Care Dental at (559) 975-1213 for an appointment in our Visalia office.

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