Broken A Tooth? – What Are Your Options?

Potential treatments to restore a damaged tooth at our Clapham practice.

A tooth can break for any number of reasons. Weakened by decay or even where it has previously been treated, it can still come as something of a shock when a tooth breaks. How it breaks, and the extent too, will determine the type of treatment needed to restore it.

Your first step, when a tooth breaks, should be to call our Clapham dental surgery to arrange an appointment. We will try to see you as soon as we possibly can, especially if you are in significant discomfort. The dentist will examine your damaged tooth and advise you of the most appropriate treatment to restore it.


If the breakage is relatively minor, it may be possible to restore it using a filling. This can even be a tooth coloured filling for those who wish to retain the aesthetic appeal of a natural looking tooth. The use of a composite may be possible in some cases, although other techniques may be considered where elevated pressure will be placed on the tooth.


A crown is commonly used on a broken tooth, where the breakage is too significant to be treated with a straightforward filling. Not only does a crown strengthen a damaged tooth, but is also prepared from scans to ensure that it matches the shade and shape of your other teeth. This means that you can have a natural looking tooth that provides a good level of strength. With good care, a crown should last you for many years.


Porcelain veneers can sometimes be used to restore the visible ‘social six’ teeth; i.e. those top and bottom teeth that show when we smile. Also used to restore badly discoloured teeth, veneers are an excellent way of retaining as much of the natural tooth as possible and also providing a natural appearance. Your dentist will advise if this is a suitable treatment for your damaged tooth.

Whilst the dentists at the Confidental Clinic will do all that they can to save a natural tooth; where the breakage is too significant and treatment is not possible, or may only provide a short lived solution, we may discuss the option of extracting the remaining part of the tooth and looking at either a bridge, partial denture or dental implant to replace it.

The most important thing is that you should not delay contacting us. Once the enamel of a tooth is compromised, you are at a greater risk of decay and root canal infections. If you put off contacting us, it may be no longer possible to save the tooth.

For an emergency dental appointment at the Confidental Clinic, please call our Clapham practice on 020 7801 9060.