Teeth are incredibly strong, but they’re still vulnerable to chips, cracks, and breaks.
While it might be tempting to ignore a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth, these problems aren’t just minor inconveniences. This kind of damage to a tooth can lead to big problems if not addressed quickly.
Before it’s repaired, an injured tooth remains vulnerable to further damage. Because the tooth is weak, additional cracks or breaks can occur. Bacteria may also take advantage of these new crevices, leading to decay or infection. Visit our Dracut practice as soon as possible to have the tooth evaluated before the problem worsens.
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Chipped Tooth Repair
A chipped tooth isn’t just a cosmetic problem. Even minor damage like a chip can weaken a tooth, making it vulnerable to further injury. Don’t ignore the problem! Instead, consider a chipped tooth repair to strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance.
A damaged tooth can’t be self-diagnosed. Call our Dracut office at 978-957-1811 for a professional evaluation and let our dentists determine whether you need a chipped tooth repair or a cracked tooth repair.
Dental bonding is a simple, painless, chipped tooth repair procedure. Done in a single office visit, dental bonding rarely requires numbing of the tooth.
Our dentists apply a tooth-colored composite resulting in a finished repair that looks completely natural. This makes dental bonding ideal for repairing damage, especially to the front teeth.
Cracked Tooth Repair
When damage to the tooth isn’t just external, a cracked tooth repair may be required. When a crack goes beyond the enamel of the tooth, that means that the inside of the tooth is also damaged. The internal damage of a cracked tooth makes it especially vulnerable to bacteria, leading to infection.
Call the dentists at our Dracut practice and let them evaluate your tooth. They can help you decide which cracked tooth repair is right for you.
Repair options include dental bonding or dental fillings if the crack is minor. A porcelain dental crown may be used for more serious cracked tooth repairs.
Remember that ignoring a cracked tooth now can lead to needing more serious treatments later. For example, infection or decay spreading through a tooth’s pulp may require a root canal. Worse case scenario, if the crack leads to further breaks, it may become impossible to save the natural tooth, requiring an extraction and dental implant, or another complete replacement option.
Broken Tooth Repair
A broken tooth is a serious dental problem because the tooth is highly vulnerable to further damage. A broken tooth can extend beyond the enamel and into the tooth’s pulp, making infection a serious possibility and risk. It’s vital to have the tooth evaluated right away, allowing you to explore your broken tooth repair options.
A broken tooth often needs more than a simple filling. A common broken tooth repair is a porcelain dental crown. When receiving a dental crown, the broken or damaged exterior of the tooth is removed, then any infection in the tooth’s pulp is also removed. Once the decay and infection is removed, the tooth is built back up with a core build up material, and finally, the temporary crown is put in place, protecting the rest of the tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated by our lab.
A dental crown is a broken tooth repair option for when your natural root can be preserved. In cases where the entire tooth needs to be replaced, an extraction and dental implant may be an option.
Treatment options depend on the kind of injury the tooth has received and the severity of the damage. Our dentists perform diagnostics such as X-rays to evaluate the tooth to determine whether the damage extends to the root of the tooth or the surrounding bone.
If you have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth, call our Dracut practice at 978-957-1811 right away.