Options to repair a broken tooth

Published on 03/11/2017

There are a wide variety of treatments available to repair a broken tooth and your experienced dentist will be able to advise you on the best option to meet your needs.

1. White fillings

White fillings can be used to repair a chipped, cracked, decayed, discoloured or misshapen tooth. White fillings are made from a composite material, that is sculpted to fit the shape of your tooth and this is then set using an ultraviolet light. Once dried the composite can be shaped and polished so that it is indistinguishable from the natural tooth.

2. Inlays

An inlay is similar to a filling, but can be used for larger areas of damage and decay. An inlay is made of white ceramic or porcelain and due to the minimal preparation required you will be able to keep more of your natural tooth than would be possible with a crown.

3. Crowns

Crowns are the most common restoration for a broken tooth. A crown fits over the tooth strengthening and protecting it. A crown can help to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, enabling you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

4. Veneers

Veneers help to repair small chips and improve the appearance of front teeth. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that fit over the tooth in the same way a fingernail fits over your finger and they can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth in a very short time.

5. Extractions

There may come a point where a tooth becomes too damaged to be repaired or restored, in this case the dentist may suggest that the tooth is extracted. Once the tooth is extracted there are a number of different options to replace your missing tooth, including dentures, bridges and dental implants.

If you would like to find out more about repairing a broken tooth, do not hesitate to call Leigh Dental Centre today on 01702 472929.