When you have a tooth that’s been seriously chipped or cracked, it’s important you come to our Brooklyn family dentistry practice to have it looked at. Fractures teeth can lead to a number of issues that affect your smile in different ways.
We’d like to consider why fractured teeth are a serious problem and then list some treatments that can help treat this issue should it arise.
A fractured tooth is a problem tooth. When teeth are damaged, even minutely, it can cause major problems at an aesthetic level and at a health level.
In terms of dental health, fractured teeth are weakened. This means that more serious damage to a tooth may occur simply from regular wear and tear. In addition, patients will often experience tooth sensitivity following a tooth fracture since more of the interior structure of a tooth is exposed. The risk of a root canal infection is also much higher due to tooth fractures since oral bacteria can potentially reach the pulp chamber of a tooth.
In terms of aesthetics, a major chip or crack on a tooth can be quite unsightly. This is especially true of fractures that affect the front teeth. You may feel self-conscious about smiling, speaking, and laughing, even around people you have known for many years.
When the tooth fracture is very minor, all things considered, the ideal treatment option involves dental bonding. Dental bonding involves a tooth-colored resin painted directly onto a tooth. The resin is polished to blend in with your tooth structure, covering up a minor fracture in the process.
When dental bonding is not enough to conceal a chip or crack, the ideal option for treatment is a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are thing shells of dental ceramic. They are fixed to the front of a tooth in order to mask various cosmetic flaws from view. Porcelain veneers are great for fractures that are too serious for bonding but are still predominantly cosmetic in nature.
For major chips and cracks that affect the cusps (biting surfaces) of a tooth, inlays and onlays are an ideal option. Inlays and onlays function like larger versions of dental fillings. They are carefully crafted from high-quality dental ceramic materials or from soft metals traditionally used in dental care. The ideal type of inlay or onlay will typically depend on the location of the damaged tooth.
When a tooth fracture is severe, the last type of restoration that can save your tooth is a dental crown. A dental crown caps a tooth that has been serious damaged. In the process, it protects the tooth from further harm, restores strength to a tooth, and alleviates any pain or sensitivity caused by the fracture.
Some fractures are so serious that not even a dental crown will suffice. In these cases, the best best may be to extract the tooth rather than relying on a restoration. If this occurs, we can go over different treatment options available for replacing missing teeth, such as dental bridges and implant dentistry.
If you have experienced a dental injury and would like more information about your treatment options, be sure to contact our team of experienced dental care professionals today. We will work with you to make your smile beautiful.