Do you have a troublesome front tooth that is always in need of repair? Whether it’s a chipped tooth or a severely broken front tooth, it’s quite a common scenario. As a kid you fell off your bike and broke one of your front teeth or perhaps you got hit in the mouth with a basketball. At the time it may not have seemed like a big deal, just a simple visit to the dentist and it was fixed. But as you’ve gotten older you may have realised how troublesome that tooth now is. It may look different to your other teeth in terms of color or shape. Or maybe you feel like it’s a weak tooth and you always have to be cautious with it out of fear of breaking it again.
How To Fix A Chipped Or Broken Front Tooth?
If the chip on your tooth is really small, the dentist may be able to simply file the tooth down to make it smooth. This is not possible if the chip is large or if the tooth is sensitive. If this is the case, you will need to consider one of the following options.
If you’ve only broken a corner off one of your teeth, normally a simple white filling is sufficient to repair the tooth. If the filling lasts for a couple of years, it may be best to keep getting the filling replaced as required. It will save you the hassle of having more extensive treatment done which can also be much more pricey.
Depending on how your teeth bite together the filling may have a tendency to fall off in some people. If the filling is constantly falling out within a matter of months, you may need to consider having a porcelain veneer or crown placed on the tooth. Porcelain is much stronger and more natural looking than a white filling and tends to have a longer lifespan.
If the majority of your tooth has broken away, a crown may be required to repair the tooth. A crown, or cap, is made of porcelain and covers the whole tooth and helps hold it together. If the tooth is broken close to the gumline, the tooth may also require a root canal treatment before a crown can be placed.
Problems With Fixing A Broken Front Tooth
Dentists often say that one of the hardest things about their job is fixing front teeth. It’s very difficult to fix a single front tooth and make it look as good as the neighboring teeth. Dental materials used these days are of a very high quality, but unfortunately nothing is as good as your natural teeth.
The problem with repairing a front tooth lies in matching the color exactly to the teeth on either side of the broken tooth. Dental materials reflect light differently than natural teeth do, which may make the color of the teeth appear a little different depending on the light. Teeth also have different colors from the gum to the tip of the tooth. This color gradient is also very difficult for dentists to achieve.
Repairs on front teeth can also be very fragile. No matter how well the tooth is repaired it is recommended that you always treat the tooth with care. Avoid eating hard or sticky food with the tooth to avoid placing unnecessary force on it can help the repair last much longer.
The worst case scenario for a broken front tooth is if the break goes below the gum and the cannot be repaired. The tooth would need to be removed and replaced with a dental implant, bridge or denture.
All dental problems are unique, and your dentist would have recommended treatment based on your particular mouth. Whether that is a filling, veneer or a crown depends on the way your tooth is broken. If the tooth is kept clean and care is taken not to eat hard or sticky food on it, then the repair should last for quite a long time.