Broken teeth always require the prompt intervention of a dentist – indeed, if the break has left sharp edges or has left you in severe pain, an emergency dentist may be required. Smilemakers in Southampton offers same-day emergency appointments whenever possible, and has several ways to restore broken and otherwise damaged teeth.
Taking precautions such as wearing a custom-made sports mouthguard when playing any kind of sport or game that involves fast-moving objects or physical contact can help to prevent accidental tooth breakage. But even the most cautious among us can experience accidents or injuries that lead to broken teeth.
Fortunately, a dentist now has many ways to repair and restore your broken teeth, and at our Southampton dental practice we work hard to ensure that any restorative work your dentist undertakes will look entirely natural.
The best solution to your broken tooth or teeth will be established by your dentist during an initial consultation at Smilemakers in Southampton.
Factors your dentist will take into consideration include:
- The cause of the damage
- The amount of damage
- The location of the tooth in your mouth
- The general state of your dental health
Popular methods of repairing broken teeth at our Southampton dental practice include:
White fillings are an excellent solution for both teeth broken by accident and those that have been damaged by decay. Your dentist will remove any decayed areas and rough edges as necessary, and will then match the colour of composite filling material to the natural shade of your teeth. This can often be completed in a single appointment at our Southampton dental practice.
Inlays and onlays
When extra reinforcement is needed, your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay. These are created outside of your mouth and are cemented into place. This requires two appointments at Smilemakers in Southampton, and is often considered a half-step between fillings and crowns.
Crowns are required when a tooth has been severely damaged and requires strengthening as well as repair. Tooth-coloured porcelain can be used to make your crown look entirely natural. In some cases, crowns can be created in one day at our Southampton clinic.
One of our most popular treatments as a cosmetic dentist in Southampton is dental crowns. These are tooth shaped caps which fit over the teeth covering the entire tooth structure that can be seen above the gum line. They’re commonly used to restore the size, shape, and appearance of a tooth and are used in many different circumstances including strengthening a weakened tooth, restoring a damaged tooth, covering a dental implant, supporting a dental bridge, and even for making cosmetic alterations.
However, like most dental applications, there are right and wrong ways to care for a dental crown to ensure that its lasts for as long as possible, which can be anywhere from 5 to 15 years. A lot of this care has to do with watching the foods that you eat.
Foods to avoid
As a rule of thumb if you have a dental crown then your cosmetic dentist in Southampton will tell you that it’s best to avoid chewy or sticky foods which can often adhere to the crown and pull at it, which in turn can impact on the life of the crown. These sorts of food include
- Chewing gum
- Sweet such as Haribo gums
As well as foods which are sticky and chewy, it’s also important to avoid foods which are hard. This is because these foods could break, crack, or damage your crown because of their hardness. These include foods such as
- Raw vegetables such as carrots and celery
- Certain sweets such as rock and boiled sweets
- Ice (if you crunch it)
Caring for your crown
As well as watching what you eat, there are other ways that you can care properly for your crown. These include:
- Chewing food on the other side of your mouth to where the crown is located. This is particularly important in the days following the placement of the crown while the cement is hardening and the crown is settling. Also your mouth may be feeling a little sensitive in this area after having the crown attached.
- Take care when flossing your teeth and instead of lifting the floss out of the gaps between each tooth gently slide it out. Lifting has the potential to damage the crown.
- Maintain oral hygiene. Just because you have a crown it doesn’t mean you can ignore brushing or flossing. Your dentist in Southampton is certain to recommend that you brush twice and floss at least once a day to maintain good oral health. It’s vital to brush and floss around the crown area itself particularly where the tooth meets the gum, as this area is still susceptible to gum disease even though the tooth is capped with a crown.
Finally, make sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year to check your teeth and crown, and for a professional clean. If you feel you may need a dental crown then come at speak to Dr. Thomas Darling at Smilemakers to discuss your best dental options. Call today on 02380 442626 to make an appointment or book online at www.smilemakers.co.uk.
A porcelain crown is an extremely versatile treatment which can be used to restore teeth that have been damaged from tooth decay or injury as well as protecting them from further decay. Dental crowns can be used on their own but often they’re used in combination with other treatments such as root canal therapy, dental bridges, and dental implants. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, metal, and gold, and each offers numerous benefits although, as a Southampton dentist, we consider that porcelain crowns are without doubt the most beneficial option.
For patients in Southampton, dental crowns restore functionality and strength to teeth that have been previously damaged by decay or injury and for which a dental filling is no longer an option. Although this is the same for crowns made from other materials, the further benefits of porcelain crowns to patients are as follows:
- Natural appearance – Considering all of the material options for a dental crown, porcelain is by far the nearest thing in terms of aesthetics to tooth enamel. Both in how it looks and feels, and because of its natural transparency and lustre, there’s nothing more natural looking than porcelain.
- Aesthetics – Porcelain can be coloured to any shade and because it blends in so well with surrounding teeth, it is by far the most attractive crown. It won’t stand out against other teeth nor will it look artificial. Even crowns placed in the front of the mouth look completely natural and because they’re stain resistant your smile will remain white and bright.
- Comfort – Porcelain crowns are superior to other types of crown because they can be shaped and moulded to exact measurements for a comfortable fit within the mouth.
- Convenience – Typically a patient undergoing dental crown placement would expect to visit the dental clinic for two visits with a wait between visits while their custom crown/s is fabricated. However, busy Southampton patients can now benefit from an innovative technology known as CEREC which means that their new crown can be made and fitted in just one single visit and usually takes no longer than hour.
If you’d like to learn more about porcelain crowns and determine if they are an ideal option for your dental needs then please get in touch with Smilemakers, your local dentist in Southampton. You can book an appointment with Dr. Thomas Darling by calling 02380 442626 or make an appointment online at www.smilemakers.co.uk.