Sometimes a break or crack is obvious when it happens, such as during an accident or injury. Other times, we notice more slowly, thanks to symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to hot and/or cold temperatures.
Whatever the reason for the crack or break, it is essential to receive treatment as soon as possible. As soon as a tooth is damaged, it becomes susceptible to further problems. Not only can the initial crack or break worsen, but the broken tooth can lead to problems for the surrounding teeth as well.
Broken or cracked teeth are especially vulnerable to infection due to bacteria now being allowed to access the pulp of the tooth. These issues also have the potential to spread to neighboring teeth if not addressed quickly.
Visit our North Andover practice as soon as possible to have your broken or cracked tooth evaluated.
Chipped Tooth Repair
A chipped tooth doesn’t just affect your appearance and confidence; it can also affect your health. That’s because even a small chip weakens the tooth’s integrity, making it vulnerable to additional chips, cracks, or breaks.
Luckily, a chipped tooth can be repaired quickly and easily at our North Andover practice. Call us at 978-685-8313, so our dentists can evaluate your situation and suggest the appropriate repair for your unique needs.
A common procedure used for chipped tooth repair is called dental bonding. This process involves applying a tooth-colored material called composite to the area of the tooth where the chip occurred, leaving you with a fully functional and natural looking tooth.
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Cracked Tooth Repair
When a tooth is cracked, the damage can extend all the way to the center of the tooth, making it a more serious problem. This internal damage can make the tooth painful and especially vulnerable to infection. If that infection progresses to the root of the tooth, a root canal may become necessary.
Call our North Andover practice at 978-685-8313 to discuss repair options, including bondings, fillings, and dental crowns.
Broken Tooth Repair
It’s important to address a broken tooth as soon as possible. Quick treatment results in the best outcome and prevents further damage to the teeth.
When teeth are broken or cracked, that damage doesn’t stay localized to just the injured tooth. Instead, more stress can be placed on the surrounding teeth, leading to additional cracks or breaks. If a broken tooth becomes infected, that infection has the potential to spread to the neighboring teeth.
If you’ve broken a tooth, call our office right away to explore your broken tooth repair options. Our dentists will evaluate your unique situation, utilizing diagnostic tools such as x-rays and intra oral photos to determine the extent of the damage and work with you in choosing the best repair for your personal needs.
Porcelain dental crowns
When a tooth is broken, it can sometimes need more than just a filling. A porcelain dental crown is one option for repairing a broken tooth. With a crown, the root of the tooth can be preserved while restoring the form and function of the broken tooth.
In cases where the root of the tooth is also damaged or infected, a dental implant may be needed to replace the entire tooth- root and crown. An implant is a titanium rod that is used to replace the root, and the visible part of the tooth is replaced with a crown. Between the implant and crown, you are left with a replacement tooth that looks and feels like your natural tooth. Best of all, it functions just like a natural tooth would. You’ll be able and encouraged to brush, floss, and eat just like you did before your tooth was damaged.
If you have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth, call our North Andover practice at 978-685-8313 right away.