Why Repair a Broken Tooth? Learn From a Cosmetic Dentist in DC
Many people, unaware of the possible consequences, let their chipped or fractured teeth go unrepaired. They may not know that these damaged teeth can be saved and repaired with treatment options that look and feed like natural teeth. Dr. Nishan Halim, cosmetic dentist in DC, wants you to know the facts.
Not all fractures are the same!
If your chipped or fractured tooth is sensitive or painful, the pulp may be damaged or exposed. In serious fractures, dentists will determine whether it is possible to save the nerve. If not, a root canal procedure is necessary. Minor fractures are usually more easily repaired. It is best to use the simplest treatment that preserves the color, shape and health of the tooth. New cosmetic procedures make it possible to avoid the need for a crown unless the fracture and tooth loss is severe.
What kind of fracture do you have?
Minor fractures or chips can be repaired with minimally invasive treatments.
- Cosmetic contouring involves smoothing out the rough edges and requires few touch-ups. It is recommended for teeth that are long enough so that the smile line does not appear flattened.
- If the chip or fracture is too large or the teeth too short for contouring, bonding is an option. The tooth can be rebuilt with a composite resin that restores the original shape.
- Porcelain veneers are the preferred option for fractured teeth that are adjacent to teeth that have been restored with porcelain (crowns, veneers).
Serious fractures, often caused by accidents, should be treated as soon as possible. A damaged nerve can be replaced by a root canal filling in a procedure that leaves little of the tooth structure intact.
- Crowns offer the best solution for a serious fracture leaving little tooth structure. The crowns can be matched to adjacent teeth to maintain a natural looking smile.
Many tooth fractures can be prevented.
Most accidents are unanticipated and can’t be prevented. But sports injuries in contact sports are the exception. Dentists recommend the use of mouth guards, which, when designed and worn properly, CAN reduce the incidence of tooth fractures.
Microcracks, often connected to an old filling, are susceptible to further fracture when eating. The filling should be replaced with a new one that incorporates the microcrack to prevent more damage.
Contact Dr. Nishan Halim, dentist in Capitol Hill DC, to schedule an appointment. He and his staff welcome all new patients with their patient friendly approach. See how they use the many recent innovations in dental technology to reduce the time you spend in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating beautiful results.