When it comes to taking care of a broken tooth, whether a chipped front or a broken molar.
Veneers, bonding, and dental crowns are three of the most popular and effective.
Fortunately, it’s easy to repair this type of dental damage. We have several options depending on the nature of the chip and whether you’ve been able to locate and save the otherwise undamaged missing piece.
It’s important for your oral health as well as your appearance to schedule a dental appointment for evaluation and treatment of chipped tooth. If dental pulp at the center of the tooth has been exposed, your tooth could become hypersensitive to temperature and pressure, causing recurring discomfort. The pulp could also become infected, resulting in a need for root canal treatment.
Dental Cosmetic Bonding is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip. Bonding involves application of a composite filling material that the dentist will color and shape to match the original tooth. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed.
If you have preserved the chipped-off portion of tooth and it is otherwise undamaged, your dentist can use bonding to seamlessly reattach it. Otherwise, depending on the extent of tooth loss, bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion.
A dental veneer can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new facade. Some removal of existing tooth surface may be necessary to fit a veneer so it is flush with the surfaces of surrounding intact teeth.
If the broken tooth extends all the way down into the pulp area, a root canal may be necessary. Root canals remove the nerve, taking away any pain that may be occurring in the broken tooth. Once the root canal is complete, we will place a crown over the tooth for protection.
A crown may be the best choice if a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth (also known as the crown) above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of all ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas) or porcelain fused to metal crowns. In both cases, the material will be colored to match your other teeth. Some of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it or a bridge can be made by using support of the adjacent teeth by the side of missing unit.
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow the dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.
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