May 1, 2019
A cracked or broken tooth affects how your smile looks – but also how it performs. It makes you self-conscious about smiling or even speaking to others. It also makes it difficult to bite or chew. Fortunately, at Appalachian Dental Care we have several good methods for fixing cracked or broken teeth.
If you’ve suffered a crack or break, call us ASAP at 828-355-5673. Dr. Steven Airey will examine you and help you decide which of our restorative dentistry procedures is best suited to your situation.
He’ll consider several factors, including:
- The size of the crack or break
- How much of your tooth structure is damaged
- Whether the damage has gotten into the pulp inside your tooth
In the meantime we’ve highlighted some of our most common methods for fixing cracked or broken teeth.
Dental Bonding or Veneers Can Repair Minor Damage
If you’ve suffered damage that mostly affects the surface of your teeth, like small cracks and chips, two good options are dental veneers and tooth bonding.
When Dr. Airey attaches veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth, they’ll cover the damage and also make your teeth stronger. They can hide cosmetic flaws too, like staining or misshapen teeth. Most dentists outsource the manufacture of veneers to an outside dental lab, which means it’ll take at least two visits to get your veneers. However, we can produce veneers right in our office using our CEREC system – which means it’s possible to get veneers in a single visit.
Our veneers are made of durable porcelain or zirconia. Both materials not only look great, but are durable and resist staining. With proper care, veneers should last at least a decade – and often many years more.
Dental bonding involves the application of tooth-colored composite, the same material we use for fillings, to your teeth. We use an ultraviolet light to harden it, then polish it so it looks great. Bonding is more affordable than veneers, however it won’t last as long. It also won’t work as well for more extensive damage.
More Extensive Damage? Get a Dental Crown
Unlike a veneer, a dental crown covers your entire tooth. So it’s a better option for more serious damage like a broken tooth or a large crack. Again, we use our CEREC system to design and manufacture your crown in our office. This means you won’t spend several days, or longer, waiting for your restoration. No temporary crown is needed! If any adjustments to the crown are needed, we can quickly and easily make them, with no back-and-forth communication with an outside lab. A durable crown should last for many years.
In addition to mending cracks and breaks, we can use a crown to conceal cosmetic imperfections. You can even replace a missing tooth with a crown, when it’s attached to a dental implant.
If Inside of Tooth Is Damaged, You’ll Need a Root Canal
Fixing cracked or broken teeth is easier than dealing with the consequences. If you don’t repair a cracked or broken tooth in a timely manner, bacteria will be able to get inside your tooth. The result is, the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected. This is often painful and can result in the loss of your tooth. Dr. Airey can save your tooth by removing all of the infected pulp, then sealing the tooth with a crown. Many people think root canal procedures are painful. When done right, though, you won’t feel any discomfort. There is no bleeding or stitching, and the recovery is far quicker and easier than recovering from an extraction.
If you have any questions about our methods for fixing cracked or broken teeth or you need to make an appointment, call us in Boone, NC at 828-355-5673.