Restore your fractured or chipped teeth to get back your beautiful smile
Posted by Clara N Andirious on Apr 22 2019, 09:22 AM
Although the enamel is the hardest part of the body, there are chances of it cracking or chipping away when you sustain a hard blow to the mouth, have a bad fall or when you chew on something too hard. This can entirely ruin the aesthetics of your smile, lead to frequent embarrassment, and even affect the functionality of the mouth. All these factors call for a need to get such teeth restored as soon as possible by a professional dentist.
What to do when you sustain a damaged tooth?
You could keep chewing on something such as hard candy or ice cubes, and suddenly feel a sharp pain in the teeth. Maybe that’s a chipped out or cracked tooth due to excessive force applied on it. Or, you may sustain a sports injury to the mouth which could break a part of the tooth. In such situations, try to stay calm and avoid touching the tooth as it could transfer a lot of microbes from your hand to the infected region. Gurgle with clean water in order to remove any bits of tooth debris. In case there is bleeding, try to control it using a clean piece of gauze. Get to a dentist as soon as possible, where you’ll be given the right first aid along with pain-relieving medication.
How can a damaged tooth be restored?
Filling material and composite bonding
A tooth filling is a ceramic or composite material that’s commonly used to fill cavities. It can also be used to treat minor tooth chipping and cracks as well. The tooth-colored material is made to match the exact color of your teeth. It will be applied on the damaged edge and shaped according to the contour required, after which it would be hardened using a suitable curing light.
Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of ceramic that can be made to exactly mimic the appearance of a tooth. When a tooth gets chipped or cracked, it can be restored by bonding a veneer to its face. The tooth will be cleaned thoroughly, prepared by buffing a thin layer of enamel, and the pre-fabricated veneer will be bonded to its surface. Anyone who looks at you smiles or talk wouldn’t have the faintest idea that the tooth has been restored. Such is the visual similarity that a veneer has with the natural enamel.
Dental crowns are perhaps the most useful tooth restorations out there. They are cap-like structures that cover an entire tooth, thereby helping to keep it intact. When a crown is bonded to a tooth, it prevents the propagation of any cracks that it has sustained. They are highly durable, tough and look exactly like a natural tooth.
Sometimes, when the pulp of the tooth is infected due to the damage that it has suffered, root canal therapy can be performed on it. Here, the blood vessels and nerves that form the pulp will be extracted, the root canal cavity will be cleaned and a crown will be placed on it to prevent the tooth from crumbling.
Reach out to us to discuss your restoration with our highly experienced team.