Teeth withstand tons of pressure day in and day out. They are strong and are made to last a lifetime. However, certain personal habits or trauma can lead to a chipped tooth. If the chip is small enough, it may not seem like anything to be concerned about other than a little blemish when you smile. For a while that may seem the case; but over time, that little chip can become the site of dental decay. Getting the chip repaired with general dentistry can eliminate the possibility of it turning into an area for decay.
Chipped tooth repair can be as easy as bonding the missing piece back onto the tooth if you have an intact piece. If not, as is usually the case, the missing portion can be reconstructed out of ceramic resin and attached to the tooth. This simple procedure does not take a lot of time and it protects the chipped area from becoming a site for problems. Smile again with your tooth fully restored to its former health.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
The way in which a cracked or broken tooth is repaired depends on the extent of the damage. In some instances, the broken part of the tooth only needs to be bonded back together. In more extreme cases root canal therapy may be needed and the tooth may need to be crowned or a partial crown may be recommended.
When a tooth has been damaged to the point where the nerve of the tooth is involved, root canal therapy may be required in order to keep the tooth intact. If you experience pain when biting down or when pressure is released, your tooth could be cracked. Not all cracks are readily visible. Sometimes symptoms are the only way to recognize you have an issue with your tooth. Hot and cold temperatures can also cause discomfort.
Cracked or broken teeth should be examined and repaired as soon as possible. Neglecting to have the tooth cared for can lead to more serious problems, including root canal therapy or extraction if the crack or break extends below the gum line. The earlier you have the tooth examined, the better the prognosis for repairing it. Contact Midgette Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.