When it comes to dental traumas, there’s nothing worse than a cracked front tooth! Not only can it hinder your ability to eat and talk but it can also cause embarrassment because it’s a very noticeable part of your smile. Whether you slipped and fell on concrete or were chewing on something hard, realising that you’ve cracked a tooth can be a scary time. But don’t worry, your smile can be repaired at our Manchester dental clinic. Here are five procedures that we might use to treat your smile and provide cracked tooth pain relief.
This is the quickest and easiest way to repair a cracked front tooth that can last up to 10 years. At our Manchester dental clinic, this treatment simply involves bonding a tooth-coloured material over the top of the cracked tooth then shaping and polishing it to match the rest of the tooth. Usually, no anaesthetic is needed for this treatment and it can be completed in just one easy visit!
A veneer is simply a porcelain cover for just the front of your tooth that can be used to hide any oral imperfections such as a visible chip or crack. Often this option is chosen by patients because they offer a more natural and attractive looking result than composite material and they won’t stain as easy. Veneers are easily bonded to the front of the tooth and with good oral care, they can last around 10-15 years, if not longer.
If your tooth took quite a hit and is badly cracked or it’s painful to eat and drink, you might need a crown instead. Crowns are a very common restoration used to repair smiles and unlike veneers, they cover the whole tooth to protect it but they still also improve your appearance at the same time. It’s a strong restoration that’s custom made in the dental laboratory from tooth-coloured porcelain. At our Manchester dental clinic, you can guarantee they’ll look extremely natural and life-like.
If the crack in your tooth has extended down to the pulp (the nerve of your tooth) in order to provide cracked tooth pain relief, we’ll first have to carry out root canal treatment. We’ll need to clean out any decay and remove the damaged nerve. A short while after your root canal procedure, you’ll then need to have a crown placed over the tooth. This is because once the nerve is removed, your tooth will be more brittle and a crown will help fully protect your tooth from further damage. In the meantime, we won’t leave you in the lurch! You’ll be given a temporary crown to wear so you won’t have to hide your smile away.
Although root canals have a pretty bad reputation, you really shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment as we’ll supply you with plenty of anaesthetic.
The worst case scenario when it comes to a cracked front tooth is that the crack extends below the gum line. If this is the case, the tooth is unfortunately no longer treatable and you’ll need to have it removed. Don’t worry. If this happens, you still have a number of options to save your smile. The best way to replace a missing front tooth is to have a dental implant fitted.
An implant will act just as your natural teeth do, replacing the complete missing tooth (root and all) with the use of a titanium post that’s fitted firmly into your jaw bone. While it’s the most invasive and costly procedure which takes a few months to heal properly, it’s the gold standard treatment to replace missing teeth because they’re the next best thing to natural teeth.
When it comes to a cracked front tooth, we’ll usually start by taking an x-ray of the affected area to determine the damage. Once we know what we’re dealing with, we’ll be sure to explain what the possible treatment options are for your situation along with the benefits and cost of each too. While every emergency is different, our main priority is to provide you with cracked tooth pain relief and to do our absolute best to save your tooth.
Here at Church Road dental, our friendly team is highly experienced when it comes to providing emergency dentistry. If you’ve suffered a knock to your front tooth, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the best level of care exactly when you need it.
Remember – your tooth won’t heal on its own and not seeking help from your dentist quickly could lead to further problems, such as infection or tooth loss. If you have a chipped or cracked front tooth, our out-of-hours emergency Manchester dental clinic is ready to help no matter what time of the day it might be. Just give us a call on our emergency number 0161 486 0743. If it’s out-of-hours, you’ll be put through to the dentist on-call who assess your situation. Let us help provide the cracked tooth pain relief you need and get you smiling again!