Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists in Dental Implants
What We Can Do, and When, to Treat a Fractured Tooth
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Although teeth tend to be very strong, there are instances where they can fracture. This can be as a result of grinding teeth at night, chewing hard foods, naturally as you age or even as a result of misuse such as opening bottles with them.
Fractured teeth are fairly common for a lot of people and has been documented as being the leading reason why people loose teeth in industrialized nations. However, even though the teeth are fractured, all isn't lost. As professionals, there is always something we can do to make the situation a lot better.
When it comes to tooth fractures, the treatment is dependent on where the crack is located, its size, and the symptoms you are expressing and whether or not the fracture reaches the gum line. In the case of a slight crack only causing discomfort to the patient, we often perform a procedure known as bonding. Here, we use a plastic resin to fill the cracked teeth, thereby restoring the tooth's functions and also its look.
A Dental Crown
This is a prosthetic device made of ceramic or porcelain which is effectively fitted over the fractured tooth or cap it entirely. Although this procedure can be lengthy, the resulting crown can last a lifetime if it's cared for properly. To fit the crown, we first shave a small layer of enamel from the tooth, map it, synchronize its color and then when the crown is ready, fix it on the tooth.
In cases where the fracture is too deep i.e. reaching the pulp, we will often recommend getting a root canal. This is an extensive procedure that allows the doctor to eliminate the damaged pulp and restore the tooth to its original glory. A root canal is effective as it eliminates the likelihood of the tooth further weakening or being infected.
If a fractured tooth is left unattended, the symptoms that accompany it will only get worse. With time, the sensitivity and pain can get so bad that you cannot do basic tasks such as eating. When you suspect you have a fractured tooth, it's prudent to book an appointment with us so that we can solve the issue before it gets out of hand.