Sometimes, when life happens, things don’t always go according to plan and unfortunately, our plans rarely take into consideration the sudden and unexpected breaking or loss of teeth. Whether you’ve tried to open a bottle with your teeth and the bottle won, or you’re missing teeth due to some other accident or to the slow decay of time, chances are you’re looking for a solution to fix them. Here at Roseville House Dental Practice, your local dentist in Gloucester, we are happy to say that there are a number of solutions that can address your particular and unique problem.
What are my options if I have broken a tooth?
While the story behind your broken tooth is possibly humorous, the result, no doubt, is not. No one wants to walk around with a chipped tooth that completely ruins their smile, it may cause you to be more self-conscious about your appearance and could result in a severe loss in confidence. At your dentist in Gloucester, we know how important it is to feel confident, so there is a fairly simple solution to fix those broken teeth.
Porcelain veneers can make a chipped tooth look new again like nothing ever happened. They are custom-made shells that fit over the front surface and edges of a broken tooth, they are made to match your other teeth in both shape and colour, and can completely hide a broken tooth, which can still function as a regular tooth. Porcelain has a transparent quality that mimics that of a natural tooth, so your veneer will not look fake.
Bonding is sometimes a useful remedy. Instead of a porcelain veneer, a natural colour composite material can be used effectively as a filling material on minor repairs of the front teeth, as in the case of chipped or broken corners.
Crowns are ideal for teeth that have been severely broken or weakened by decay or large fillings. They are commonly made of porcelain as fewer people choose gold nowadays (although that option is still available) preferring a more natural looking cover for broken teeth. Crowns are not only used to cap broken teeth, but they may also hold a cracked tooth together and even hide unsightly dark fillings, or protect root fillings. They are also sometimes used to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place. Crowns are made in a dental laboratory from an impression made of the tooth that needs to be covered.
Bridges may be adopted, as sometimes your tooth will not only break, but need to be completely removed, root and all. In this event, a dental implant is placed inside the jawbone to help keep a prosthesis supported as a natural tooth root would do and then a bridge is attached to the implant. This can support one or more permanently fixed false teeth that are convincing replicas of your natural teeth. Sometimes these can be made to improve on the overall appearance of your smile.
It is important to replace missing teeth, not only to maintain a healthy image, but also to avoid any other knock-on effects of having a gap; like the shifting of your remaining teeth, the breaking down of your jawbone, and an unwanted change in your bite. Consult with your dentist in Gloucester for the best solution for your broken or missing teeth.