How a dentist can repair and restore broken and damaged teeth

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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.

broken-teethTaking 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

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.

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