What Treatment Options are Available to You?
Your dentist will recommend a treatment for your cracked tooth based on how minor or major the crack is. There are four types of treatment options available to you so that you can repair your front cracked tooth:
This is typically the least pricey and easiest option. It can typically be done in one dental visit. Bonding involves using a composite resin to seal or fill the crack in your front tooth. It's made to resemble the color of your tooth. While bonding is cost-effective, the material used isn't as strong as others. It can be an effective option for front teeth since they don't take a lot of pressure while biting foods.
When a piece of your tooth's chewing surface breaks off, it's called a fractured cusp. In a case like this, that a crown can be placed around the cracked tooth to protect it. Crowns are made of porcelain and create a protective cover for the damaged tooth, allowing it to restore or improve its shape. While crowns are more expensive than bonding, they are more durable with adequate home care. It may also take more than one dental visit to get your crown fitted.
If the crack in your front tooth has extended to the pulp of your tooth (located beneath the enamel and dentin layers), it needs to be treated with a root canal procedure to protect the crack from getting worse. A crown is then placed on top of it. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical here so that your dentist can save your tooth.
Once the crack reaches below the gumline of your front tooth, the only thing your dentist can do is extract your tooth. But this doesn't at all mean you'll be left with a hole in your mouth. An oral surgeon can install an implant in the space. This implant is typically covered with a crown so that it resembles your original tooth.
Regardless of how your dentist treats the cracked front tooth, taking care of it at home is critical. Brush twice a day and floss daily to prevent decay. You'll also need to regularly check in with your dentist to ensure the bonding, crown, or implant stays in good condition.
Finding out that there's a crack in one of your front teeth can be overwhelming, but don't worry, it's entirely treatable! The important thing to remember is to show it to your dentist as soon as possible, and you'll be back to smiling again in no time.