September 11, 2017
Life doesn’t always go as well as we might like. One example of that is broken and chipped teeth.
Biting down on something hard like the pit of an olive, an unpopped kernel of popcorn, or even a piece of ice could cause a piece of a tooth to break off.
And unfortunately, injuries and accidents happen, too. You could break a tooth by tripping and falling into something. You could lose part of a tooth by getting hit in the mouth because you or someone else wasn’t paying attention to your surroundings.
Regardless of the reason for your broken or chipped tooth, Dr. Steven Airey and our team are ready to help at our dentist office in Boone, NC.
The solution for your particular problem may depend on a variety of factors, but we feel confident that we can find a fix for you.
Restoring Your Broken Tooth
You might be surprised by how many people suffer chipped and broken teeth every year. We’ve treated more patients than we can count with similar issues — although you may never know it.
With the improvements in restorative dentistry, we can fix a tooth so it looks as good or maybe better than it ever has.
With that in mind, here are three possible fixes for your broken tooth.
➤ 1. Dental bonding
Bonding is done by applying a composite resin to your tooth. This is the same material we use for our tooth-colored dental fillings. We are just using the resin in a slightly different way.
Where a filling is literally filling in a hole in your tooth, bonding is a way to rebuild a part of your tooth that has chipped off. The resin is applied to the tooth to restore what’s missing. After it hardens, we can polish and reshape it to look like a natural part of your smile.
➤ 2. Dental veneers
Veneers offer a longer lasting solution than bonding. You can get a set of veneers to fix multiple teeth, or you can get a single veneer to fix a broken tooth.
Many times when people discuss veneers, they focus on the cosmetic benefits. Veneers do look like real teeth when they are bonded in place, and they can last for decades with proper care.
We also offer various types of veneers at Appalachian Dental Care.
With our CEREC milling machine, we can create porcelain veneers for you in our office. This allows you to get your veneers faster. These veneers can make from porcelain or zirconia. Both are durable and look natural, and Dr. Airey can explain the differences between them when you visit us for a consultation.
Some patients may prefer no-prep veneers. With porcelain or zirconia, one of the steps is removing a thin layer of enamel before your veneers are bonded in place. No-prep veneers are so thin that we can leave your enamel as it is.
We will be happy to go into greater detail about the different types of veneers when you visit us. We want to help you pick the right veneer or veneers for you.
➤ 3. Dental crown
Dental crowns have been around for a long time. They haven’t always looked as natural or been as durable as the porcelain and zirconia crowns that we can create for you, however.
We also can make you crown faster thanks to our CEREC machine. The old way of getting a dental crown could take weeks. With our process, you can come into our office with a broken tooth and leave that same day with your permanent crown.
Dental crowns are created to restore the appearance and the function of your damaged tooth. By reshaping that tooth, we also create a support for your crown. Then, we can make your crown with our in-office milling machine, so it can be attached to your tooth.
Don’t Wait To Fix Your Broken Tooth
When your tooth breaks, it can become more at risk for infections, which could require more extensive treatment. By doing something about your broken tooth today, you may be saving yourself from bigger problems tomorrow.
At Appalachian Dental Care, we want to help you repair more than just your smile. We want you to be able to bite and chew just like you could before your tooth was injured.