Having broken teeth is nothing new. There are scores of kids who have broken teeth, even more than you can think. Human teeth are very sturdy, but under the right circumstances, they can crack or break.
Broken teeth don’t just affect your dental aesthetics but also your child’s oral health. There could be more damage than you can imagine, and your little one’s tooth can be infected, and the next thing you know, you need a broken tooth extraction.
Therefore, if your kid has a broken tooth, make your way to our dentist’s office to avoid further complications. Our dentist will examine your child and see the extent of the damage. This can help our pediatric dentist to determine the best treatment for your child.
It is okay if you choose to do some first aid as you make your way to our office, as this can help ease your child’s pain and discomfort.
Here are some of the broken teeth treatment that you can expect to find at our office:
Depending on the severity of the damage, our dentist may recommend that your kid goes for a tooth filling. If it’s just a tiny chip, a filling can repair the damage in no time. In fact, it may restore over 90% of your tooth’s strength. This means that after a filling has been applied, it will be business as usual. You can smile and eat without any issues.
There are several types of fillings, which can be used to repair damaged teeth. However, a ceramic filling is more aesthetically pleasing, and it can still get the job done. In fact, using CEREC technology, you can get your teeth repaired during a single visit.
Composite resin is an excellent material that our dentist uses because it also gives an attractive finish. Silver or gold fillings are also good options. They are very sturdy and can withstand the chewing force of the back teeth. However, silver tends to tarnish over time.
Dental crowns are quite effective if a huge chunk of your kid’s teeth has broken off. They are designed to cap or cover a tooth that has been severely damaged. They are quite helpful when the structural integrity of your child’s tooth is compromised.
Crowns can be made from various materials, including metal, resin, all-porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. When it comes to good aesthetics, porcelain crowns are the best. But if you are looking for a strong crown, you can go for all-metal crowns.
Your child’s tooth will have to be filed down to accommodate the crown. It will be shaped in a way that a crown will fit snugly. However, if your child’s tooth has broken off badly, our dentist may need to build it up using a filling material such as resin so that it can hold a crown.
At times, your child can play and fracture their tooth, and the root becomes exposed. This is the worst-case scenario since they may start complaining that they are in pain. There’s nothing as excruciating as tooth pain.
The pain arises because the soft part of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is exposed. Therefore, bacteria and food can reach the pulp. This can cause the dental pulp to be infected. So, if your little one is complaining about their teeth being sensitive to cold and hot stuff or their teeth have changed color, the pulp could be infected or damaged.
A root canal can be done to remove a damaged or diseased pulp. Don’t worry; it is a pain-free experience. After removing the pulp, our dentist will close up the root canal either with a filling or cover the tooth using a crown.
Dental bonding is also another effective way of dealing with broken teeth if the damage to the teeth is not significant. Then dental bonding can be the best way to go. The surface of the teeth will be etched and roughened to make the resin adhere as it should on the teeth. A tooth-colored resin will be applied on the tooth’s surface, and they will be on their merry way.
You can contact our dentist at Golnick Pediatric Dentistry if you are seeking broken tooth treatment.