You aren’t happy about it, but it’s there. You have a broken or cracked tooth.
Depending on which tooth is affected, you may feel self-conscious about smiling or speaking in front of other people. You also may notice increased sensitivity or pain when biting or chew with your damaged tooth.
The best option in this situation is to take care of the problem as soon as you can. To do that, schedule a visit to 1st in Smiles in Plano, TX. Dr. Rick Barfield and our team are ready to repair your tooth so your smile looks and your tooth feels healthy, too.
Today, we want to share four services that can help you repair that cracked or broken tooth so you can feel like yourself again. To find out which one is right for you, call 972-380-8105 to make an appointment soon.
Build a Bond
For small breaks and cracks, the simplest solution is quick and effective. Dental bonding is a fast process that can be completed in a single dental visit in most cases.
Bonding involves applying a composite resin to your damaged tooth. This resin will cure (harden), at which point it can be polished. This helps the resin blend in so that it looks like part of your natural tooth.
With proper care, a tooth bond can last for years before it needs to be replaced.
Cover It Up
Bonding may be the fastest way to fix this kind of problem, but dental veneers are a more durable option.
Veneers are something of a hybrid of a cosmetic and restorative service. As a result, it can be used to repair and conceal a number of issues, including broken and cracked teeth.
At our practice, we use Lumineers. These are one of the best kinds of veneers available today. They restore the natural appearance of your smile, and you can get them in just a couple visits to our office. With proper care, your veneer can last for decades.
Put a Crown on It
When the break or crack is a little deeper or if one of your molars is affected, a dental crown is a great way to repair your tooth.
Crowns have been around for thousands of years in one form or another. Modern crowns are made to be both functional and aesthetically appealing.
To get a crown, we will reshape your cracked or broken tooth to create an abutment. You will have a temporary crown for a short time while a dental lab carefully creates a sturdy crown to restore your ability to bite and chew and to bring back the natural appearance of your tooth.
When your permanent crown is bonded in place, it also provides protection for your tooth against further damage.
Root Out the Problem
This is not the solution to every crack and break, but it may be recommended at times. Bacteria can get into broken and cracked teeth and cause infections. These can be painful and cause additional problems.
A root canal treatment is how we remove the infected material or could help prevent you from feeling the effects of an infection. As part of the procedure, your tooth will be filled and capped to restore its function and an appearance. Using sedation dentistry, this can be done painlessly, which can ease any anxiety you may have about this procedure.