Although the enamel covering your teeth is your body’s most robust tissue, it can still be cracked or broken. There are several different ways that teeth can be damaged. Suffering a traumatic incident, such as an automobile accident, or a sports injury, or even misusing teeth as tools, like using them to open a bottle. There are also foods that can cause damage to your teeth as well, including alcohol, soda, coffee, ice, and hard candies. Cavities or tooth decay weaken your teeth, which can cause them to be more likely to break whenever you are chewing hard food.
There are many different treatment options if you have a chipped or cracked tooth. The correct solution for you is going to be based on the type of injury or tooth loss you are suffering from. Your dentist will assess the damage and make their recommendations based on this. Below, we are going to take a look at some of the different treatment options available.
Veneers are covers for a tooth. A veneer is going to be bonded to the front of the tooth. This will transform the appearance of the tooth. Veneers can last up to 30 years with the right care, meaning you do not need to worry about replacing them regularly. Veneers can be put on one tooth, or they can be placed on several teeth.
Composite bonding is a method used for repairing teeth that are cracked, chipped, misshapen, discolored, decayed, or gapped. It can last for as long as ten years. Anesthesia is not usually needed for this procedure unless cavities are treated.
If drinking or chewing causes you pain or your tooth is badly chipped, you may need a dental crown. This is one of the most common types of restorative treatments. A crown is a cap that covers the tooth, protecting it and approving its appearance.
If tooth decay has reached and inflamed the pulp of the tooth due to a cracked tooth, you may need a root canal. After the root canal treatment, a crown is placed to fix the cracked tooth. Until then, the patient is given a temporary crown.
A dental implant may be the best option if damage to the tooth cannot be repaired. Dental implants appear like natural, healthy teeth, so you don’t have to worry about people knowing it’s an implant.
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As you can see, there are several different treatments available, and it is always best to speak to our Boston dentists at Dental Partners of Boston first regarding the right treatment for you. Schedule an appointment with us today!