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Broken Tooth Treatment

Broken tooth treatments will generally depend on how severely the tooth is damaged. Therefore, typically when a small piece of enamel is broken off, the tooth repair is most often done in one visit to the dentist. However, a badly damaged tooth may require more than one office visit, and could possibly incur longer and more costly treatments. Below some of the most commonly asked questions about Broken Tooth Treatments are answered by the Experts.

Can a broken tooth that had lots of fillings be capped if some of the tooth in the front is gone, but part of it in the back is still remains?

Most generally a tooth can still be capped by a dentist even when the walls or enamel is missing. Treatment most often is determined by what remains of the tooth. If the break affects only the enamel of the tooth, then this is most often repaired with a filling. When the inner layer of the tooth which is called the Dentin is involved, then this becomes more serious, and often would need a crown. However, the most serious breaks are the ones that damage the nerves of a tooth, these most often need both a crown, and root canal treatment in order to remove the damaged nerve and blood vessels.

What should a person that has just broken a tooth do besides Tylenol and ice?

In most cases, getting to a dentist as soon as possible is important. Until that happens, do not attempt to pull out the remainder of the tooth, because it will be extremely painful, and cause fracture and fragmentation of the tooth. Also, do not bite on anything hard or sticky for the moment, and keep applying ice if swelling persists. Antibiotics also could be in order, depending on how fast a visit to the dentist can be arranged.

What should an individual do, that has had a rotten tooth that rarely causes any problems in the back of their mouth for over a year, that now has turned yellow with a black line through it? Also, could this person die from this?

Typically, it would be wise to have this tooth removed through an oral surgeon in order to prevent future problems and bad breath caused by any related infections. However, death is very unlikely with current technology, and most tooth extractions can be done painlessly and quickly.

Are there any over the counter remedies for a broken tooth with very sharp edges, which can be put on the tooth until a dental visit can be arranged?

Typically, an over the counter temporary filling material called Dentemp is very good for such a problem, and can be found in most drug stores. Dentemp can be easily applied by simply following the directions that are attached. The individual should understand this is simply a temporarily fix, and should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

Can a crown cover a single broken tooth?

In most cases it is possible to restore a broken tooth by putting a crown over it. However, not all broken teeth can be repaired in this manner depending on the extent of damage on the tooth in question. Therefore, when the root of the tooth is also damaged, most often tooth extraction followed by replacement would be advised. A proper examination by a dentist, including x-rays, would be in order to determine whether the tooth can be saved or not.

When a tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, an individual should see a dentist as soon as possible in order to prevent damage or further infection, possibly leading to the loss of the tooth. Some of the many treatments include: dental fillings or bonding, dental caps or crowns, dental veneers, and root canal treatments. When the subject of broken tooth treatments is brought up, many questions often arise, and who better to answer these questions than the Experts.
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