Can Your Tooth Be Repaired After A Fracture?

Prairie VIllage, KS, dentist helps with emergencies

Breaking one of your pearly whites can be worrisome and cause discomfort. If this happens to you, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you are able. Even a minor crack could potentially lead to devasting problems for your smile. Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, offer emergency care to help you when you need it most.

Your Teeth Are Strong

Generally speaking, healthy pearly whites should be able to withstand a lot of pressure. However, this does not mean that they are unbreakable. There are some factors that may weaken them over time, making them more susceptible to damage. For instance, bruxism can cause your teeth to become worn down at a rapid rate. As a result, you may experience more frequent cavities or chipped teeth. Accidents can also lead to a broken tooth. Contact sports, car injuries, or biting into something too hard could lead to part of your dental structure cracking. If you play sports, you may want to consider getting a custom mouthguard to protect your smile. In the event of an injury, rinse the area out if you can. Then, call your dentist to come in for a same-day appointment.

Dental Crowns May Repair Cracks Or Chips

Prompt treatment can increase the chances of being able to heal the area. When you come in for your emergency visit, your dentist will examine your oral cavity and assess the damage. In less severe cases, bonding composite resin to the area may be able to repair it. Issues such as fractures or chips may be able to be fixed with a dental crown. This is a tooth-shaped cap that can cover the entire structure. It will look natural and ensure that the area can fully function. Receiving your crown may take a few appointments. We will first need to get an impression of the area so that the lab can create the cap. When it is ready, it will be bonded in place. A temporary one may be added while you wait for the permanent one to be created.

A Severely Harmed Tooth May Need To Be Removed

If the injury is extremely severe, it may be best to extract the tooth as a way to protect the rest of your smile. This is often the last resort but may be necessary if the area has become infected or a majority of your tooth has come off. Your dentist can discuss prosthetic options to replace the lost structure so that you do not have to worry about having a gap in your grin.

We’re Here To Help When You Need Immediate Care

If you have harmed your oral cavity, call Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, at (913) 901-8585 to schedule an appointment.