Unfortunately, chipped and cracked teeth are common occurrences. When this occurs, it can ruin the look of one’s smile and present challenges with chewing. The best thing to do is to seek treatment quickly. That way, we can restore the tooth and the smile as a whole. Additionally, delaying treatment could cause the tooth to become infected, which would present further issues.
While waiting for treatment, there are a few things that can be done to manage the situation. If the tooth is hurting, over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken. Make sure to read the instructions carefully before taking any medicine. If the tooth is sharp, you can cover it with sugarless gum to prevent it from causing cuts.
The type of treatment that is provided for a broken or cracked tooth will depend on the damage that occurred. Some injuries can be repaired in a single visit, while others may require one or more visits. Teeth with minor damage can often be repaired with a filling or with composite bonding. These restorations typically only require one appointment, and the patient can leave with a restored tooth.
A more seriously injured tooth may require a full dental crown. Hilltop Dental Studio is a CEREC clinic, and we can produce same-day dental crowns. Every dental crown is custom-made so that it blends in seamlessly with the other teeth. The process involves taking digital photographs which will be used to create a custom restoration. Once the restoration has been created by our CEREC machine, it can then be applied using a special dental cement.
Veneers may also be able to mask cosmetic damage that has occurred. This is particularly true when the exterior enamel has become harmed. We can use veneers to make the broken tooth appear healthy and unscathed. Another benefit of veneers is that we can also use them to adjust tooth color and help correct issues with alignment and spacing.
If you are suffering from a cracked or broken tooth, our experts will do everything possible to restore its appearance and function. Pretty soon, you’ll be back to enjoying a beautiful smile. You may call us at (540) 317-1139 to schedule an appointment.