Many people suffer from cracked teeth, but most don’t realize there are multiple ways a dentist can repair and restore the tooth. A cracked tooth can become more painful or cause further damage if left untreated, so it is important to contact your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect your tooth may be cracked. Here, we’ll discuss why people get cracked teeth and five common procedures dentists use to repair a cracked tooth.
Cracks can occur in many ways. Like other parts of our body, teeth can wear down over time due to excessive force, chewing, grinding, or clenching. Teeth can also crack if they are weakened from untreated cavities, specific medical treatments (such as chemotherapy), accidents, and other trauma.
Dental bonding is a procedure that uses composite resin material to strengthen and restore fractured teeth. The procedure is typically suitable for minor fractures. It involves bonding composite resin material directly to the affected area. This material bonds with your existing tooth structure and creates a seamless blend between natural and artificial teeth. It also helps protect against further breakage and damage.
Dental veneers are an ultra-thin layer of porcelain placed over the surface of the damaged tooth to restore its shape and color. Veneers can be used for both minor and major fractures where other treatments, such as bonding or crowns, may not be suitable solutions. Veneers are excellent choices when the crack appears on the tooth surface, as the porcelain layer will cover the damage and restore the tooth to its pre-cracked condition.
A dental crown is a cap-like structure made from either porcelain or metal that covers damaged teeth to restore their appearance and strength. Dental crowns are typically used for larger cracks or fractures where other treatments may not be suitable solutions. Dental crowns are also highly durable and can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced, depending on how well you take care of them.
Root canal treatment involves removing the infected nerve tissue inside the root canal space so that a dental crown can repair the cracked tooth. This procedure is often necessary when there is significant damage to the nerve tissue. Root canal treatment helps alleviate pain while allowing the dentist to save your tooth from being extracted.
In extreme cases where none of these treatments prove effective, tooth extraction may become necessary to protect against further damage or infection in other areas of your mouth. Extraction should only be used as a last resort option after all other treatments have been attempted. In most cases, dental implant surgery follows to replace the extracted tooth with an artificial tooth.
If you or your family member suffers from a cracked tooth, please get in touch with us at Smile Center of Orlando. Our team of dental professionals is here to help you get the best treatment for your cracked tooth, whether it be a simple bonding procedure or more complex root canal therapy.
As your local Winter Park dental clinic, we strive to provide the highest quality care and the most cost-effective treatments available. We offer in-house financing plans and accept most dental insurance plans to ensure you get the necessary care. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you restore your smile.
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