A tooth which has sustained damage is not necessarily out of commission forever. At Ambler Dental Care, we will examine your cracked or broken tooth to determine if it can be saved. While it is true that not all cracked or broken teeth can be salvaged, with the proper treatment many can.
In cases where the crack or break is minor, the tooth may only need bonding. This process involves a special bonding agent that actually bonds the parts of the tooth back together. Some bonding procedures may require a ceramic resin be bonded onto the tooth to replace the missing piece. When bonding is not possible, there may be other remedies, such as a full or partial crown.
Sometimes a tooth which has been cracked or broken may have sustained considerable damage and the pulp of the tooth is exposed. This can cause discomfort in addition to making the tooth highly vulnerable to bacterial infection. In such a case the tooth may need root canal therapy in order to be saved. Root canal therapy involves removal of the nerve of the tooth. While this procedure will save the tooth from extraction, it is highly recommended that a dental crown be placed on the tooth to prevent further damage or breakage.
If you have a tooth that has been chipped, cracked or broken, contact Ambler Dental Care in Horsham, PA, and make an appointment so we can examine it and prepare a suitable treatment plan. Your damaged tooth needs to be repaired as soon as possible in order to prevent further injury.