How Does the Dentist Fix a Cracked Tooth?
No one ever plans on experiencing a broken tooth, which always seems to happen at the most inconvenient or inappropriate time. But, whether you have a minor chipped tooth or a severe break, getting it repaired is necessary to prevent further tooth damage. Fortunately, dentists have many tried-and-true methods to restore your damaged tooth to full function if you need dental treatment. So, our Jeffersonville aesthetic dentists at Exceptional Dentistry share on the blog today how our dentists fix a cracked tooth, from minor to significant damage.
Tiny cracks in teeth can be asymptomatic, meaning they don’t hurt. But, as you feel pain or discomfort, the crack could be expanding into deeper layers of the tooth. While most minor cracks are reparable with bonding or a veneer, more extensive tooth breaks may require a full dental crown to restore the tooth’s appearance and provide additional strength. The dentist will assess your tooth and provide the most viable options to repair your smile.
A major tooth crack can cause multiple conditions to develop and requires immediate treatment. To prevent the fracture from spreading while you chew, we recommend placing a crown over the whole tooth if the damage is significant. First, we will remove damaged areas and shape the tooth to prepare it for a crown. We will take impressions or digital scans to use for making a crown. Crowns made of ceramic or porcelain will blend in and seem more natural than those made of metal or metallic alloys. Sometimes, a root canal may be necessary to remove the injured pulp and clear out diseased tissue if the break continues further into the tooth, past the dentin layer, into the pulp. We will cap the tooth with a crown after performing a root canal to prevent additional decay or damage.
Extreme cracks occur when the fracture extends beyond the gum line and are often the result of car accidents or sports collisions. Teeth that break into the gum line could cause root exposure to harmful bacteria, be very painful, and require extraction. After your gums heal from the extraction, our Louisville cosmetic dentists can help you replace your tooth with a dental bridge or implant that will restore your smile and oral health.
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A cracked tooth may be troublesome if it causes you discomfort or it could make you feel embarrassed about your smile. If you have a broken tooth, don’t put off getting it fixed since waiting will make the discomfort worse, and additional damage could develop. Even worse, an infection may cause a high temperature, unpleasant breath, swollen gums, and constant, bothersome discomfort. So, no matter how minor or major your tooth crack is, visiting our Shepherdsville area dentist at Exceptional Dentistry can help repair the damage and protect your oral health. Please call our office at (502) 423-7868 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for your cracked tooth today.
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