Our teeth are tough. The enamel coating teeth is one of the hardest substances in the human body, and our teeth are designed to withstand a lifetime of wear and tear. Occasionally, our teeth can become damaged. Chips and cracks appear, weakening our teeth and leaving them vulnerable to tooth decay and infection. In today’s blog, your Livonia family dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discuss the symptoms, and treatments, for damaged teeth.
Symptoms of Damaged Teeth
A variety of factors can lead to cracks and chips in teeth. Trauma, teeth grinding, chewing hard foods such as nuts or ice, and exposure to extreme temperatures can all cause damage to enamel. When a patient has a cracked tooth, they may experience sharp pains when biting down or sensitivity to hold or cold foods. If you encounter similar symptoms, call Dr. Stewart immediately.
Repairing Cracked Teeth
Dr. Stewart and our team of dedicated dental professionals provide the latest in cosmetic dentistry to repair cracked and damaged teeth. After a consultation and oral examination, Dr. Stewart will recommend the appropriate procedure to best address your dental needs. For repairing cracked teeth, Dr. Stewart may prescribe one of the following:
- Dental Bonding: This process uses a special composite resin to repair fractures and reshape teeth. Dr. Stewart shades the bonding resin to math your natural teeth. Dental bonding provides durable tooth repair in a single visit.
- Dental Crown: Crowns are caps that fit completely over a damaged tooth. Crowns provide esthetically pleasing dental restoration, preserving and protecting your teeth from further damage.
- Porcelain Veneers: Thin shells of dental porcelain are used to create custom-made veneers. Porcelain veneers are placed on the front teeth, instantly whitening and repairing your smile. Veneers offer long-lasting, stain resistant improvement.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia Family Dentist
Interested in restoring your smile with any of our restorative or cosmetic procedures? Make an appointment with Livonia family dentist Dr. Stewart for a diagnosis, and to discuss treatment options. Contact our 48154 dentist office. Schedule a visit today by calling (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding areas.