Although your teeth look different, they are made up of the same material as bones. To function properly, teeth need to be strong. The teeth that come together in a bridge are under pressure. As pressure is applied, the enamel is gradually squeezed out of your teeth. This squeezing is painful and can cause your enamel to fracture and lead to a broken tooth.
When this happens, the cavity which opens up underneath your tooth causes pain and discomfort.
Broken tooth treatment
The best way to treat a broken tooth is to visit your dentist. Here’s what you can expect during your visit:
- The dentist will look inside your mouth and see if dental dams are forming.
- They will also check to see if your jaw bone is strong enough to support your teeth.
- Take X-rays of your mouth and look at the roots underneath your teeth.
- Perform some simple tests to see if you have dental infections. If the dentist diagnoses you with dental diseases then they will usually prescribe you antibiotics.
- Tell you if the broken tooth can be repaired or if you will need to have the tooth extracted.
The treatment to repair a broken tooth involves your dentist using drills and drills to shave off a small section of one of the teeth. Then, they place some resin on your tooth and place that resin in the broken tooth. The dentist will then harden the resin using a special light. Once set, the dentist will file down the excess resin. The dentist will then place the tooth back in your mouth.
If the broken tooth cannot be repaired then the best option may be extraction. An extraction is when your dentist removes a damaged tooth. The dentist will use forceps to remove your tooth. The tooth is then removed from the jaw bone. The extraction process is usually pretty painless. The dentist will offer you some numbing cream which will make the pain bearable.
After extraction, the tooth will heal for a period of about six weeks.
The dentist will prescribe you some antibiotics to take after your extraction. These antibiotics are aimed at reducing the chance that there will be an infection.
Let your Toronto dentist know if you have any complaints regarding your newly treated tooth.
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