Can You Still Save Your Fractured Tooth?

The most concerning thing about tooth damage is that your teeth don’t heal themselves. Unlike a cut on your skin, a crack or fracture in your tooth won’t close itself and heal over time, nor will your tooth regain its strength all by itself. Fortunately, you may still be able to save a fractured tooth by repairing it as soon as possible with a custom-designed dental restoration, such as a lifelike dental crown. Your tooth may not be able to heal itself, but the right restoration can stop it from becoming more damaged while also restoring its ability to withstand your bite pressure.

The point of restoring the tooth

The unique nature of your tooth structure is a significant point of concern when it comes to fixing your tooth fracture. For example, your restoration should be designed to blend in with the appearance of your tooth while also preserving as much of your healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. For optimal results, it must also be durable enough to restore your bite’s full function. In many cases of tooth fractures, this means capping the tooth with a custom, highly lifelike dental crown, which can protect and restore the entire structure of your tooth’s visible crown.

Addressing all potential concerns

Another important aspect of your natural tooth structure is that the main, visible crown isn’t all there is to it. In severe cases of tooth damage, a fracture may expose the chamber at the center of the tooth, where its nerves and blood vessels are housed. These connect your tooth’s pulp to your jawbone through the root canal, which helps stabilize your tooth. When treating a severe tooth fracture, root canal treatment may be necessary to treat or avoid an infection developing within these inner tooth structures. This allows us to restore your tooth entirely, from the inside out, to help ensure its health and integrity in the future.

If the fracture is too severe

While there are multiple ways to treat and save fractured teeth, there are some cases of tooth damage that are so severe, they can leave a tooth unable to be restored. For example, if the tooth’s crown is so damaged that it can’t support a man-made restorative crown, or if the tooth’s fracture has extended to its root, then the best option for your smile may be to extract and replace the tooth. In many cases, the most lifelike solution is to replace it with a dental implant and custom-designed crown, which replaces the root of your extracted tooth as well as its visible structure.

Save your smile from a tooth fracture

If your tooth fractures, restoring it as soon as possible could help you save it from loss or the need for extraction. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.