Advice

A broken tooth

When a tooth gets chipped or fractured, the first consideration must be whether the pulp-the vital, living portion of the tooth has been damaged. If a fracture is sensitive, painful, or uncomfortable, it may be because the pulp is exposed. Ultimately, the condition of the pulp and the amount of remaining tooth structure will determine the choice of treatment.

1. Cosmetic contouring

It is an ideal treatment for small fractures and chips because an anesthetic is not required and the amount of tooth reduction involved is minimal-the rough edges are simply smoothed out.

2. Bonding

With bonding however, a tooth can be restored simply by applying composite resin. This rebuilds the tooth to its original shape, and often makes it look even better.

3. Porcelain veneers and crowns

If your adjacent teeth have been rebuilt in porcelain, your fractured tooth should be restored in porcelain. Porcelain veneers or crowns may also be a preferred option if there are multiple teeth to be restored.