Despite being coated in the hardest substance in the human body (tooth enamel), our teeth are still susceptible to damage. When you crack or chip a tooth, what do you do? Fortunately, dental professionals can fix damaged teeth, restoring them to optimal appearance and function and protecting the teeth from serious complications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fixing Broken Teeth
Question: What risks does a damaged tooth pose?
Answer: When you crack or chip a tooth, then the sensitive inner layers of dentin are exposed to harmful bacteria. Soon, a cavity can form and without timely treatment, can lead to a dental infection. Ignoring dental damaged can increase the risk of discomfort and oral health concerns that can threaten your tooth’s stability.
Question: Can bonding repair teeth in one visit?
Answer: Yes. If a tooth is chipped, we can often apply a composite resin in multiple layers. As the resin cures under a light, the doctor will sculpt and mold the tooth. Afterward, the tooth is thoroughly polished for a more natural looking appearance. The entire procedure takes just one visit.
Question: When do you place crowns?
Answer: If a tooth is fractured or the breakage is severe, we may place a crown. The crown fits over the visible portion of the tooth and is made from lifelike material. If you continue to brush and floss as recommended, your restoration can last for decades. Placing one takes about two visits and each restoration is custom-made to ensure it blends seamlessly with your smile.
Question: Will veneers help?
Answer: For minor damage, or problems with the shape/color of the tooth, we may suggest a veneer. The restoration fits over the front and sides of the tooth. Completely lifelike, the restoration can completely transform the appearance of the tooth.