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Broken Tooth

Having a broken tooth can be painful and uncomfortable, but it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. There are several treatments available depending on the severity of the break. Here are some common broken tooth treatments.

1. Dental bonding: If the crack or chip is minor, dental bonding may be the solution. A tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth and shaped to match your natural teeth. This is a quick and easy procedure that can be completed in one visit.

2. Dental crown: If the tooth is severely damaged or broken, a dental crown may be necessary. A crown is a cap that is placed over the damaged tooth to protect and strengthen it. Crowns can be made of various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or metal.

3. Root canal: If the broken tooth has exposed the nerve of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. This involves removing the damaged nerve tissue and filling the root canal with a material to prevent infection and further damage.

4. Tooth extraction: In some cases, a broken tooth may need to be extracted. This is typically only done if the tooth is too damaged to be repaired. Bone graft should be placed to minimize the bone loss after extraction.

5. Dental implant: If a tooth extraction is necessary, a dental implant can be used to replace the missing tooth. This involves placing a metal screw into the jawbone and attaching a replacement tooth to the post. This procedure might need several appointments and need more time to complete.

It’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible if you have a broken tooth. Leaving it untreated can lead to further damage and infection, which can be more difficult and costly to fix later on. Contact your dentist to discuss which broken tooth treatment is right for you.

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