Your teeth are the strongest part of your body. Unfortunately, they’re also the most used, and when they sustain structural damage, your teeth cannot repair themselves. Consequently, much of dentistry revolves around treating and repairing broken teeth before extensive damage renders them useless. Your Austin dentist, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, has extensive experience restoring and preserving our patients’ smiles, even in the midst of extensive dental damage. Today, we explore the phenomenon of a broken tooth and how to address it for the good of your oral health.
Identifying Your Tooth’s Damage
In much the same way that your smile can fall victim to a variety of different dental diseases, your teeth can also become compromised due to numerous kinds of damage; the difference typically being the extent of damage. For instance, if your tooth is cracked, then a dental crown may be able to hold to the tooth together and protect it from further harm. A split tooth describes a crack that has been allowed to progress far enough that the tooth’s separates into two distinct parts. In such severe cases, your tooth may not salvageable, and tooth extraction might be the only option to prevent damage to the tooth’s surrounding gum tissue and jawbone. (more…)