Cracked and chipped teeth are incredibly common, but that doesn’t make them any less uncomfortable and sometimes very painful. Although minor chips in dental enamel might not cause more than a cosmetic issue with your smile, major chips or fractures could introduce infections into your gum and jaw tissue. Fortunately, Dental Partners of Boston offers emergency and restorative dental care, helping you to keep your teeth healthy and comfortable. Below is more information about the treatments available for cracked or chipped teeth, and how we as your Boston dentist will decide the best procedure for you.
If you have a tooth with a minor chip along the surface or the edge of the tooth and the innermost portion of your tooth isn’t exposed, your Boston dentist might recommend cosmetic bonding. Cosmetic dental bonding is made up of the same composite resins used for tooth-colored cavities, which means that your bonded tooth will look completely natural. After the chipped tooth is cleaned, bonding material will be molded into place, cured, then polished to look natural and feel smooth.
Although modern composites are more durable than ever before, they aren’t right for repairing large chips or fractures that extend deep into the tooth. Depending on the size and location of the broken area, your Boston dentist might suggest having a dental crown cemented over the original tooth. Dental crowns are customized for your teeth, incredibly durable, and very realistic, creating a beautiful restoration that could last a lifetime.
While small cracks can be filled and sealed with composite resin, others need to be completely covered with a dental veneer or crown. Dental veneers are best for cracks on the front surface of the tooth, while crowns are recommended for crowns that circle around the tooth or that are located on the back side of the tooth.
Unfortunately, some cracks are so deep that they can start to irritate the inner pulp of the tooth, which is why endodontic therapy or root canals may be recommended. During a root canal, our dentists will gently remove the innermost pulp and nerve chamber inside of the tooth, clean the area thoroughly to remove infection, and then fill and seal the area. Because root canals can cause the tooth to turn gray and affect the structural integrity of the tooth, cracked teeth treated with a root canal will need to be covered with a crown.Dental Implants
If major dental cracks run into the root of the tooth, your tooth may not be able to be salvaged. Deep cracks can expose your nerves, jaw, and face to a variety of infections. If this is the case, your tooth may need to be extracted. However, modern dental implants are designed to look and feel just like your natural teeth. After a titanium post is put into place and the area heals, a dental crown is used to perfect your smile once again.
If you have suffered a dental emergency and you need help with a fractured tooth, contact Dental Partners of Boston as soon as possible. Our dentists will do everything in their power to meet with you as quickly as possible to help you to resolve your dental concerns.
For minor cracks and chips please schedule an appointment with us so we can assess the damaged tooth and give you recommendations on how to best repair them. Our experienced Boston dentists and staff are ready to help bring your smile and confidence back.
Maria E. Cardenas
Michael G. O’Toole