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. While the procedure is being carried out, anesthesia is not usually needed, unless cavities are being treated.
If you have pain while you are drinking or chewing, or your tooth is chipped badly, you will probably be advised to have a crown placed. This is one of the most common types of restorative treatment. This is a cap that covers the tooth, protecting it and approving the appearance of it. With this type of treatment, you are not going to lose your tooth.
If you have a crack in your tooth that has extended into the pulp, a root canal will typically be the treatment of choice. After the root canal treatment, a crown can be placed to ensure the crack does not spread. Until then, the patient is given a temporary crown to wear.
Finally, if damage expands beneath the gum line, and your tooth cannot be repaired, the tooth will be extracted and replaced with a dental implant. Dental implants are made to appear like healthy teeth, so you don’t have to worry about the implant looking different from the rest of your teeth.
As you can see, there are several different treatments available, and it is always best to speak to your Boston dentist at Dental Partners of Boston first regarding the right treatment for you for you. Schedule an appointment with us today!