Updated: Sep 25, 2018
You should visit a dentist as soon as possible if you break or damage a tooth. At Moonlight Dental Surgery in Slough we have a number of ways to fix and restore damaged teeth, and it is best to be seen sooner rather than later. Even a small crack or chip in a tooth is enough to allow bacteria to enter its pulp, which can lead to infection causing pain and discomfort and necessitating root canal treatment. If left untreated for too long, it can even lead to tooth loss.
At our Slough dental practice we try to accommodate all patients who require an emergency dentist with same-day appointments whenever possible. A broken or damaged tooth is a dental emergency, so you should contact the practice as early in the day as possible to maximise your chances of being seen by a dentist straight away.
How your Slough dentist can restore damaged teeth
When you come into our Slough practice for an appointment with an emergency dentist, your clinician will first assess the nature and level of damage. They will then find the most appropriate solution to restore your tooth.
Composite bonding uses the same material that white fillings are made from to rebuild a tooth that has a small amount of damage, such as a small chip or crack. This is a good option for front teeth, and can usually be completed in a single appointment at our Slough dental surgery.
Another option for a chipped/cracked front tooth is to have a porcelain veneer fitted. Your dentist can use a single veneer to make a chipped tooth appear whole again. The porcelain veneer will cover the whole of the front of your tooth, and will be made thicker to cover the cracked area. The shade of porcelain chosen will be matched to the natural colour of your teeth.
For teeth that are more badly damaged, and in particular for back teeth, crowns are an excellent option. They are caps made from porcelain, gold, or a combination of both these materials, which your dentist places over your prepared tooth.