Repairing A Broken Front Tooth
It’s almost always a traumatic experience for both a child and her parents when a front tooth gets broken. Fortunately, new dental bonding techniques and materials now allow a broken front tooth to be beautifully restored back to nearly new condition.
Depending on the size and location of the fracture, it’s sometimes wise to restore the tooth in two appointments. On the first appointment, your dentist bonds an insulating base to the tooth. This protects the nerve and reduces sensitivity.
On the second appointment, if the tooth has been symptom-free, your dentist will first roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a conditioning gel. Then a tooth-colored material called resin is placed, sculpted to the desired shape and hardened with a high-intensity light.
It’s important to watch for symptoms of nerve damage after a tooth has been damaged. Let us know right away if you see signs of:
- Changes in your child’s eating or sleeping habits
- Any new swelling, looseness, or pain (especially sensitivity to cold)
- Any sign of abscesses or gum boils next to the tooth
Once in place, bonded restorations generally last three to seven years. Bonding is a great way to restore a broken tooth. The final result is a strong, natural-looking restoration.
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