Tooth enamel may be the hardest substance in the body, but teeth are still vulnerable to chips, cracks, and breaks.
A broken or cracked tooth isn’t just a minor inconvenience; it can lead to bigger problems if not addressed quickly. Until it’s repaired, the injured tooth is susceptible to further damage. Not only can additional cracks or breaks occur, but bacteria can take advantage of these new crevices, leading to decay or infection. If you think you have a broken or cracked tooth, visit our Wakefield practice as soon as possible to have the tooth evaluated before the problem worsens.
Chipped Tooth Repair
A chipped tooth is often seen as primarily a cosmetic problem, but even minor damage like a chip can weaken the tooth, making it vulnerable to future injury. Rather than ignore the problem, consider a chipped tooth repair that will strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance.
One of the problems with a damaged tooth is that it’s difficult to know how serious the issue is by simply looking in the mirror. A professional evaluation is necessary to determine if a tooth is chipped and what your treatment options are. Call our Wakefield office at 781-245-2299, so our dentists can determine whether you need a chipped tooth repair or a cracked tooth repair.
If it is a chipped tooth repair that’s needed, dental bonding is a solution. Generally a painless procedure, dental bonding doesn’t even require numbing of the tooth. By applying a tooth-colored composite, dental bonding can fix a chipped tooth in just one visit. Best of all, the results look completely natural, making dental bonding an ideal method of repairing damage to the front teeth.
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Cracked Tooth Repair
When you require cracked tooth repair, it’s because the damage to the tooth isn’t just external, meaning it affects only the enamel of the tooth. Instead, the inside of the tooth is also damaged. This internal damage leaves the tooth exposed to bacteria, leading to infection.
The dentists at our Wakefield practice will evaluate your tooth and help you decide which cracked tooth repair is right for you. The options may include dental bonding or dental fillings if the crack is minor. A porcelain dental crown can be used for more serious cracked tooth repairs.
If a cracked tooth goes untreated, the tooth may need more serious treatments. Infection or decay spreading through a tooth’s pulp may require a root canal. If the crack leads to further breaks, it may become impossible to save the natural tooth, requiring an extraction and then a dental implant or another replacement option.
Broken Tooth Repair
A broken tooth is highly vulnerable to further damage. Because a broken tooth usually extends to the tooth’s pulp, infection is a risk. It’s important to see a dentist right away to evaluate the tooth and to explore options for broken tooth repair.
When a tooth is broken, it often needs treatment beyond a simple filling. A dental crown is a common broken tooth repair. To receive a dental crown, first the broken or damaged exterior of the tooth is removed. Next, the pulp is cleared of any infection, and finally, the crown is put in place to protect the rest of the tooth. A dental crown allows for broken tooth repair that preserves your natural root. In cases where the entire tooth needs to be replaced, a dental implant may be an option.
In order to evaluate which treatment option is needed, our dentists will perform diagnostics such as X-rays and a full exam 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 Wakefield practice right away.