Cracking your front tooth can be a disturbing experience. However, there are ways that our dental professionals can make it look as good as new. Although, it's important that you schedule an exam in our office as soon as possible because even the smallest crack can open the door to infection. Therefore, we will need to do an x-ray in order to determine the extent of damage and the appropriate treatment(s).
Depending on whether or not the crack exposes the pulp, we can offer one or more of the following treatment options.
This procedure involves filling the crack with a composite resin resembling the color of your tooth. Bonding is the least costly of the possible treatments and also requires fewer trips to our office, often only one. It is ideal for front teeth that get minimal pressure from biting, as bonding material isn't as strong as materials used for other procedures.
For deep or long cracks that don't reach below the gumline or the root of the tooth, a crown is often the preferred treatment. Crowns are typically made of porcelain and serve as a cover for your cracked tooth. We may recommend this option if there is too little of the tooth remaining to bond.
When a crack is so deep as to reach the pulp of your tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. When we need to treat your tooth with a root canal, we will then cover the tooth with a crown. Fortunately, this process has come a long way and today is relatively comfortable and much like getting a filling.
Extraction And Implant
For a crack reaching beneath the gum line, we often need to extract the tooth. However, you don't have to remain toothless. We can install an implant to your jawbone that will replace the root. Then, we will cover the implant with a crown that resembles your natural tooth as much as possible.
If you have cracked a front tooth, it's important to reach out to us immediately to prevent further damage. Please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a thorough exam.