Chipped Tooth Repair
While tooth enamel remains the strongest tissue in the human body, there are many ways in which it can become chipped, cracked or broken. A chipped tooth can cause pain and discomfort. It can also become a cosmetic concern, depending on the location of the tooth. Fortunately, advancements in general dentistry have streamlined the process of repairing and restoring damaged teeth.
Perhaps you’ve chipped a small portion of your front tooth. Using a tooth-colored composite resin material, dental bonding has become a tried and true way to repair teeth. Bonding is a simple procedure, usually requiring one dental visit. As another option, dental veneers can be customized to cover chipped teeth using a thin composite resin or porcelain material.
Depending on the extent of damage and if decay is present in the tooth, dentists may suggest a tooth filling, dental crown or root canal therapy to repair chipped teeth. Yet, in cases where teeth have become chipped or broken near the gum line, a dental implant might be recommended. Though the tooth must be removed, an implant provides ultimate stability and is a sophisticated solution for replacing teeth.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
Whether your tooth has become cracked or broken as a result of an injury or if you’ve simply bitten down on something the wrong way, it’s important to let your dentist know as soon as possible. Given the many options for repairing cracked or broken teeth and advanced technologies for patient comfort, you can rest assured that your tooth will be repaired easily and efficiently.
The following procedures are some ways in which cracked or broken teeth can be repaired:
- Dental bonding: Mostly used for small chips, cracks or breaks in the tooth enamel, dental bonding involves applying composite resin material to the healthy portion of a tooth. The material is then shaped and smoothed accordingly, covering the damaged section of the tooth.
- Dental veneers: Can be used for cracked or broken teeth that pose a greater cosmetic issue or for dental bonding that has chipped or cracked. Dental veneers are comprised of thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth.
- Dental crowns: When a cracked or broken tooth results in a large portion of the tooth being lost, a dental crown is a protective covering for the entire tooth. Crowns restore the shape of damaged teeth, preventing further damage and even tooth decay.
- Dental implants: When damage to a tooth is near or at the gum line, the most effective option is to remove the tooth. After removal, the tissue needs time to heal. Then, the missing tooth is replaced with a dental implant. Though this is lengthier restorative and cosmetic procedure, a dental implant prevents infection down the road. It also can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.
With unsurpassed precision and skill, Dr. Ross and Dr. Shah at Feather Touch Dental Care in Atlanta, make it simple and convenient for patients to receive the dental treatment they need and deserve. Therefore, if you or a family member have a chipped, cracked or broken tooth, contact us today. You’ll feel at ease with the comfortable and stress-free dentistry at Feather Touch Dental Care.