Restoring Ms A’s confident smile -Dr. Damalis
Ms A, a young teenager came to our clinic accompanied by her mother. She broke one of her front tooth due to a fall when she was about 6 years old. Subsequently, a large tooth coloured filling was placed to fix the fractured portion of the tooth.
However, the filling dislodged when she woke up this morning!
Upon examination, discolouration of the tooth was seen indicating that the tooth might be dead. Tests and x-ray were done to confirm the diagnosis and yes, the tooth was indeed dead, most likely due to the trauma to the tooth when Ms A fell several years ago.
A periapical lesion was seen around the tip of the root of the tooth due to bacterial infection. Root canal treatment was initiated to remove the infected, dead tissues within the canals.
Following that, a composite veneer (instead of a crown) was done to rebuild the tooth back to its original shape. Placing a crown during a growing phrase, will mean the margins, instead of sitting at the gum, will move up as the tooth continues to erupt and the aesthetics will be compromised after just a short period of time. It is for this reason, crowns and implants should not be done until teeth maturity, generally at about 17 or 18 years of age.
Ms A can now smile widely again and both she and her mother were very happy with the outcome of the treatment!
Do you have a broken tooth from a fall? Do come in for a check up with us today.
Give us a call at 03-9520 1595 or WhatsApp us at 011-5880 2375 for an appointment! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dr Damalis (firstname.lastname@example.org)