Ryan Rush DDS PLLC

What should I do if I break a tooth?

If you break a tooth, call us and let us know what happened, even if it’s not painful. A broken tooth doesn’t heal itself, and even if it’s not a problem now, the situation will only worsen the longer you wait.

The sooner we can treat a broken tooth at our Fort Collins dental office, the more likely we can save it. 

Options to Repair a Broken Tooth

The treatment that Dr. Ryan Rush recommends for a broken tooth depends on the extent of the break and where in your mouth the tooth is located.

Tooth Filling or Bonding

If only a small part of tooth enamel has broken off, we may be able to repair the damage with a tooth-colored filling material. This process is called dental bonding.

Dental Inlay or Onlay

A dental inlay is a tooth restoration that can replace the broken-off part of a tooth. Inlays are much stronger and more durable than dental bonding.

Dental onlays made of porcelain or zirconia are typically used on molars where a large part of the tooth structure is broken.

Dental Veneer

If the break affects only a small part of the tooth and is cosmetic in nature, we may recommend a porcelain veneer as the best treatment option.

Porcelain Dental Crown

If the fracture or break is large and has affected the tooth's cusps, we would likely recommend a dental crown. A crown is a tooth cap that covers and protects the damaged tooth.

We Repair Broken Teeth in Fort Collins, CO

If you have a broken tooth, call us to schedule an appointment so Dr. Rush can examine it and recommend the most appropriate treatment. If your broken tooth is painful, we will do our best to see you the same day for treatment.

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