Broken or Cracked Tooth? These Dental Procedures Can Help!
Friday, April 13, 2018
You fell and broke your teeth or you got into an accident and now you have a broken or cracked tooth that is ruining your smile. Don’t worry if that’s the case, as your tooth can be repaired and you can get your perfect smile back.
With the advancements in technology, there are now dental procedures that can repair cracked or broken teeth. The type of procedure to be used depends on the severity of tooth damage. Let’s take a look at four procedures that are used to repair broken or cracked teeth.
1. Dental Bonding
Composite bonding or dental bonding is used to repair chipped, cracked, decayed, gapped or discolored teeth. Anesthesia isn’t required during the composite bonding procedure unless it is being done to remove cavities.
First, your tooth will be roughened by the dentist and then some kind of conditioning liquid will be put on it. After that, the dentist will apply putty, mold and smoothen it. Then, with ultraviolet light, the composite will be hardened and once the bonding dries, it will be given the right shape and polished, so that it matches your tooth perfectly.
Crowns may be needed if you feel pain when drinking or chewing things or if you have chipped your tooth. It is one of the most commonly used restorative treatments. Like a cap, a crown covers your tooth, protects it and improves its appearance. It is a strong cover that safeguards your tooth from further damage.
During the procedure, anesthesia is administered and your tooth is prepared. Then, impressions are taken by the dentist and are used for making the permanent crown.
Veneers are tooth covers. Dentists mostly use porcelain veneers as they provide the most natural and attractive results. The appearance of the tooth is transformed by bonding veneers to the tooth’s front. If you take good care of them, veneers could last for as long as 30 years. You can choose how your veneer will look and they can be placed on either one or more tooth.
In the procedure, first your tooth is prepared by removing some parts from your tooth structure. Then, impressions are taken and at this stage, you can decide the shape, shade and size of the veneer you like. Veneers are then created in a laboratory and once ready, they’re bonded to your tooth’s front.
4. Dental Implants
If the crack in your tooth is so deep that it goes beyond the gum line, it means that it cannot be treated and must be extracted. You’ll be given dental implants as a replacement for your removed tooth. A dentist places dental implants securely in the jawbone to ensure a permanent fit.
During the procedure, the dentist will place titanium biocompatible screws into your jawbone and these will act as the root for your new tooth. As the time passes, the bone fuses with the screws for a permanent foundation. Then impressions of your teeth are taken and a dental crown is created to be fitted on the implant.
Now that you know all these advanced dental procedures that can restore your broken or cracked tooth, you don’t have to hide your beautiful smile from the world. Visit Kemper Meadow Family Dentistry for a consultation and we’ll recommend you the best procedure to repair your teeth and restore your smile!
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