Let’s start with an incident from the early college days. Friends settled down in the cosy atmosphere of the pantry for a light snack. One of them ordered an ice cream and suddenly realised something in the mouth, which is hard and it won’t melt. That ‘thing’ was neither crushable by the teeth. Sadly, it was a piece of a broken tooth.
A dentist, in London, who possesses an excellent track record in handling cases of porcelain bonded dental crown says, the enamel is one of the hardest mineralised tissues in our body. Yet there is a limit o its strength bearing capacity. Moreover, if you’ve a diseased or weak tooth, the overall complexity obviously becomes higher leading to a chipped or broken tooth.
Tips to deal with a chipped or broken tooth
Treatment for a chipped or broken tooth depends on the severity of the damage. If just a tiny enamel piece has come off, the problem can be solved with a single office visit. On the other hand, if the damage is severe, you have to go through a time-consuming and expensive treatment procedure to fix the damage.
Dental bonding or filling
When a tiny piece of tooth enamel comes off, the damage is repaired using a filling. If one of the front tooth gets damaged and your smile is affected, the dentist may apply a procedure called composite dental bonding. It involves using composite resin that matches the colour of your teeth.
The treatment is so simple that you don’t need any numbing medicine to ease any pain. The dentist will clean the affected tooth with a specially formulated gel or liquid to ensure the bonding material sticks to its surface well. In the next step, a dental adhesive is applied to the tooth, which is followed by a resin, identical to your teeth colour.
The bonding material is then chiseled to give the shape of a natural tooth. In the last step, the oral healthcare expert applies ultraviolet ray to harden the bonding material.
Dental crown or cap
If a significant portion of a tooth gets knocked off or a tooth is badly worn out due to dental caries or decay, a skilled and qualified dentist can file away the remaining tooth and cover it up with a dental crown or tooth-shaped cap. The crown or cap not only protects the already damaged tooth from further damage but also contributes to its appearance.
Dental crowns are made from metals, resin and ceramic. These days, crowns made of ‘porcelain fused to metal’ are also available. Different varieties of crowns offer different advantages. Porcelain and metal crowns look similar to the natural tooth whereas the metal ones last longer.
RCT or root canal treatment is usually performed in cases where the entire crown part of a tooth gets knocked off but the root portion remains intact. A post or pin is placed in the canal of the affected tooth to provide support to the artificial crown. Lastly, the artificial crown is adhered to the post or pin using dental cement.
When any of the front teeth gets chipped or broken, dental veneers help to cover its shape and appearance. Veneer for the teeth is nothing but an ultra-thin shell of composite resin material or porcelain and it comes in the colour of your teeth. It is somewhat like a false nail that you wear on your fingertip to cover the fingernail.
Dental veneers treatment requires little preparation. Your dentist has to scrape about 0.3 to 1.2 mm of your teeth enamel from the surface. This damage is irreversible and so you should go ahead with this treatment only after in-depth consideration. Your veneer is customised in a dental lab based on the impression of your tooth taken earlier by the dentist. Veneer is fixed to the tooth using dental cement. Once the veneer is correctly placed, a special light is applied to hurry up the process of cementing to bond the veneer with the tooth surface.
Root canal therapy or RCT
When a chipped or broken tooth is damaged enough to expose the pulp, your dentist is likely to perform root canal therapy. The pulp is the layer that lies below outermost enamel of the tooth and contains the blood vessels and the nerves. Bacteria present in the mouth can easily infiltrate and infect an exposed pulp. Symptoms of infected pulp include tooth sensitivity and toothache. In severe cases swelling and inflammation are also common.
If an infected pulp tissue is not removed the entire tooth may get diseased and finally you have to undergo tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is an invasive, clinical procedure to remove the diseased pulp and washing the root canal before sealing it.
Usually a general dentist or an endodontist performs this treatment procedure. Local anesthesia is injected before the treatment to dull your sensation of pain. An artificial crown is placed atop the remaining tooth to protect and reinforce it. The treatment normally requires multiple visits to the dentist spanned over few weeks.
Your trusted private dentist at Museum Dental Suites possesses the necessary expertise and skills to provide the treatments discussed above. We’re conveniently located in Holborn and stay open also on Saturdays. Proven track record, reasonable cost, friendly staffs, modern infrastructure are some of the key factors behind our phenomenal success.
Highly recommend Museum Dental Suite. Their work is of the highest calibre, professional and friendly. I'm very thankful they for excellent aftercare advice and for making me relaxed and so well treated. I've recommended them to both my family and friends.
I have been undertaking a cosmetic treatment (Invisalign) for around eight months here, off the back of a recommendation of a friend who had the same treatment. The professionalism and perfectionism with which my treatment was delivered was outstanding, as was the general service and were all of the staff I encountered.
My dentist Dr. Wahab Shakir was particularly great, with a friendly, reassuring manner and an eye for detail. He always went above and beyond, without ever being asked.
I'm now almost at the end of my treatment and couldn't be more pleased with how treatment has gone. Given the service and end result I'd also consider it excellent value for money.
Keep up the good work Museum Dental Suites!
Firstly what a great dentist, all the staff were friendly and very helpful as this was my first time here.
I had called for an emergency appointment due to a sudden cracked tooth and Dr Wahab Shakir despite the end of day fast approaching (30 minutes till close) he said he would see me.
The treatment was not straight forward due to the crack but Dr Shakir after a lengthy time managed to save the tooth/restore it and prevent what I believe most dentists would have done which install a crown - Thank you!
Highly recommend this dentist and service and I am grateful for not only seeing me within an hour but also staying passed closing time and finally for doing a Stella job.
This is a top notch dentist who makes you feel at ease which for someone liked me is important. The staff are very professional, polite, courteous and friendly. Marios, my dentist is extremely patient and cares about your dental care and the service you receive. Just received my new dentures and they have been done to a very high standard and am very pleased. I have nothing but praise for the staff and the treatment/service I received.
Best dentist ever hands down. Least painful and least scary experiences here (I'm usually really scared of going to the dentist, and even find the initial anaesthetic injection painful) - they really care about the patient, and making sure you're comfortable, results are also fab. Seriously can't imagine a better dentist!
After lots of research I was very happy with the results and the service at Museum Dental. 100% I would recommend to a friend. I couldn't be more pleased.