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Treatment Options for Broken Teeth

Options for treatment

Broken Tooth?

Do you have a broken tooth? Is your tooth painful or are you self-conscious about showing off a big chip when you smile?
If you’ve been involved in an accident or you’ve injured your tooth, the expert Frederick Dental Clinic team can help.

If you have a broken tooth, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. A broken tooth can lead to further dental problems down the road, so it’s best to nip the problem in the bud. But what are your treatment options? Read on to find out.

Causes of a broken tooth

Your teeth are incredibly strong and robust, but they’re not immune to damage. There are lots of possible causes of broken teeth, from sports injuries and eating very hard foods to traumatic accidents, like car crashes. You may also find that your teeth are more vulnerable to damage if you have cavities or your tooth has been injured in the past.

Dealing with a broken tooth

Sometimes, it’s very obvious that a tooth is broken, but in other cases, it’s difficult to tell if the tooth is fractured, cracked or chipped. If you think you may have broken your tooth, you’ve had dental pain of late or your tooth is visibly chipped, we recommend getting in touch as soon as possible. When you see your dentist, they will have a close look at the tooth and they may carry out some tests, such as X-rays, to try and determine the extent of damage and ascertain the best ways to try and resolve the issue.

If the tooth is broken, it’s best to try and treat it as soon as possible, as it will be vulnerable to further damage. We may be able to repair minor damage with a filling or by means of dental bonding, but the most common course of action is to fit a new crown. In severe cases, where the tooth isn’t salvageable, it may be best to extract it and then consider replacement options like implants and bridges. A dental crown is placed over the top of the remaining tooth structure. We usually use ceramic materials to make custom-fit crowns, as they produce the most attractive, natural-looking aesthetics.

Treatment Options

For minor cracks, your dentist may recommend composite bonding. This is a process in which a tooth-colored resin is used to fill in the crack and restore the appearance of the tooth. However, this type of bonding is not suitable for major cracks or breaks.

For more significant damage, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. A dental crown is a custom-made cap that fits over your damaged tooth. In addition to restoring the function and appearance of your tooth, a dental crown can also help protect it from future damage.

Another option for treating a broken tooth is veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can be used to cover up chips, cracks, and other imperfections.


No one likes dealing with a broken tooth, but it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Composite bonding, dental crowns, and veneers are all viable treatment options depending on the severity of the damage. Be sure to consult with your dentist to find out which option is best for you.