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Common Dental Questions

Repairing a Broken Tooth

 

Question:

What are my options to repair a cracked or broken tooth?

 

Answer:

Many people will experience a fractured (cracked or broken) tooth in their lifetime. The most common causes of fractured teeth are trauma to the face and mouth or biting on hard objects. Teeth with large fillings are especially prone to get a fracture.

Treatment options for a fractured tooth will depend on the size and location of the fracture.

  • First, the damaged part of the tooth is removed
  • A small crack? Usually a filling will fix it
  • A bigger crack? You may need a crown
  • A really bad crack that goes into the root or the center of the tooth? You may need that tooth to come out (extracted)

What is a crown?

A dental crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over the cracked tooth. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin or ceramic. The damaged part of the tooth is removed and the tooth is shaped with a drill so that the crown fits securely over the tooth. The finished crown is cemented onto the tooth, providing protection from further damage.

But, every case is unique, so it is best to discuss all of your options with your dentist.