A tooth can break, chip, or fracture due to an injury, excessive biting pressure, or biting on hard objects. The damage can be severe and will require treatment from a dentist.
An injury that breaks a tooth may require an emergency dentist appointment immediately. Quick intervention is important to avoid complications such as infection and tooth loss. Here are the major treatments for a chipped or broken tooth:
The dental crown procedure is used to restore a tooth that is broken due to trauma or decay. The crown acts as a cap over the remaining part of the tooth and protects it from further damage. Dental crowns can be made to look just like your natural teeth so that your smile isn’t affected.
If you have a cracked tooth, your dentist in Albuquerque, NM may recommend porcelain veneers to cover the affected area. Porcelain veneers are thin, customized shells of ceramic material that can be bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers are durable and can last a long time with proper oral care. They can help restore your smile and make your teeth look better than ever!
The dental bonding procedure can straighten, whiten and alter the shape, size, and color of teeth. Dental bonding is a simple procedure that can be done in one visit. Your dentist will apply a composite resin to the tooth to cover the damage. This material is the same color as your tooth, so no one will be able to tell that you had any work done.
Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations that fit inside the cusps of damaged teeth. Unlike regular fillings, which fit only into the indented areas of the tooth, an inlay fits within the grooves of the tooth’s biting surface. On the other hand, onlays extend to cover all or part of the pointed edges of the tooth’s surface. Both of these restorations are more durable than fillings because they can’t be removed as easily as a filling. They can last upwards of 15 years with good care!
Scheduling an appointment with our dentist as soon as your tooth chips or breaks is the best way to determine the best course of action for treatment.
To learn more about treatments for broken, chipped, or fractured teeth offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111.