For all the wonders of modern dentistry, one of the biggest challenges dentists face in 2020 is trying to soothe those who feel unable or unwilling to accept dental treatment. Many believe that certain problems they encounter are issues they just have to live with, lest they have to encounter extensive reconstructive work.
But the truth is, today modern cosmetic dentistry is more nuanced, exacting, and welcoming than ever. Through careful attendance of a patient’s dental environment, we can resolve even the smallest and seemingly inconsequential of issues, even those in need of thorough reparative procedures.
Many seem to believe that living with a chipped or cracked tooth is part of the normal wear and tear that life gives us all, but that needn’t be the case. In fact, cosmetic dentistry can help repair or replace a chipped or cracked tooth with care, efficiency, and finality. Cracks or chips can happen to anyone.
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There are three common treatments we utilize for cracked teeth. Veneers are used to remedy minor tooth damage while dental implants and root canals are two treatments used for major tooth or teeth damage and repair.
Dental veneers are used to help strengthen and cover cracks on the front surface of the tooth, while dental crowns are utilized for other crack orientations. The use of composite resin and laser reaction to help fill and seal a minor crack with care. Both procedures are quick, easy, and help completely resolve the aesthetic and functional issues of minor dental cracks.
If your cracked tooth is too deeply worn and cannot be restored, dental implants are another option, so as to protect against further nerve damage and infection. A titanium post is installed to the jaw and from there a dental crown ensures the tooth looks and functions as a natural replicant. This can help completely restore your dental health and will thoroughly repair your functional dental strength.
A root canal is a thorough procedure in which protecting the health of your dental environment is a must. If the crack is too deep it may begin to affect the interior pulp, and that can prove to be a problem. Cleaning the nerve chamber and cleaning the potential infection will restore strength to your tooth and ensure no further complications are caused. A crown is then applied to replicate the natural whiteness of the tooth and strengthen its exterior.
Chips are much more common than cracks, although they may be less serious.
Cosmetic bonding is the process of using the aforementioned composite resin to properly mold and shape your cleaned tooth back to its natural state. This can help anyone restore their natural smile without intensive or invasive work being done. As such, it is most commonly used for faint chips.
Dental crowns are mostly reserved for chips that are deeper or require more work than simple composite adjustment. Dental crowns are usually suggested by the discretion of your dentist but can help you strengthen the original tooth with a natural and authentic-looking addition. Of course, it’s hard to assess in the mirror if your aching tooth is suffering a crack or chip, and to what extent this is a problem. For that reason, we would warmly recommend making an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston to speak to a professional. We look forward to speaking with you!