If you find yourself with broken teeth, it can be a true dental emergency. Whether it's due to trauma or biting down on something hard, such as a small stone or bone fragment, the fracture may vary in severity.

In some cases, the tooth can be smoothened or restored with an adhesive restoration. But for more catastrophic fractures, tooth extraction may be necessary. This can be done at an emergency appointment or scheduled for a later date if needed. In situations where extraction is delayed, removing the tooth nerve may be required to alleviate pain and discomfort.

When dealing with a missing tooth, there are four treatment options to consider. While no treatment may suffice for back teeth, most patients prefer replacing a front tooth. Options include a removable partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant. Of these options, the dental implant stands out as the optimal solution. It doesn't involve adjacent teeth and provides superior aesthetics and functionality.

Throughout the dental implant treatment process, the challenge lies in ensuring a suitable tooth replacement.

Fixed provisional restoration are the preferred solution as they afford greater comfort and are less disruptive. If the neighboring teeth are intact or have small fillings, they can be utilized to seamlessly support the interim restoration. If the clinical crown of the fractured tooth is intact, it can be adhered directly to the adjacent teeth. In more complex cases where the affected tooth is broken into multiple fragments, an impression will be taken to create a provisional restoration out of composite dental resin. It effectively fills the gap left by the broken tooth and restores both form and function.

For patients with higher aesthetic demands, the adhesive Maryland Bridge is recommended. Crafted with a metal framework overlaid with porcelain, this restoration allows for greater customization to achieve a natural blend in both shape and shade with the existing dentition.

In some cases, adjacent teeth with crowns can provide support for a provisional bridge with a cantilevered pontic or replacement tooth. Additionally, patients with existing implants next to the broken tooth can benefit from a provisional restoration connected to the implant with a cantilever pontic. However, if fixed provisional restoration is not feasible or cost-effective, a removable partial denture can be used.

After the broken tooth is extracted, a 3-month healing period allows for the assessment of available bone volume and the need for bone grafting. A minor surgery follows to insert the dental implant into the jaw bone. After another 2-4 months of bone healing, a definitive restoration is fabricated through an impression.

While the process of replacing broken teeth may seem complex, with multiple steps and stages, it typically takes around 6-8 months. If you require further information on broken teeth replacement options, feel free to Contact Us.