Everybody wants a winning smile. Sadly, chipped and cracked teeth are incredibly common issues that can completely destroy the look of your smile along with confidence levels. Worse still, they can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain. Leaving them untreated is not an option and, with the cracked or chipped tooth treatment our Westchester dentists have to offer, you no longer need to.
While minor cracks and chips may cause little more than cosmetic issues, bigger chips or cracks in the wrong positions can lead to more significant issues. Examples of what it can potentially cause include gum disease and degeneration of the jawline. Even if the pain or discomfort has been minimal, it’s important to see us ASAP.
Our cracked or chipped tooth treatments in Westchester are highly beneficial. In truth, there are many reasons to get treatment. They include but are not limited to:
For the sake of your appearance, confidence, and daily comfort, it’s important to find a solution. With a variety of affordable and straightforward treatments available, ignoring the need for support any longer would be very foolish indeed. With Chappaqua Dentistry behind you, fixing your broken smile could not be easier.
Treatments for chipped teeth are split into two major categories, and it all depends on the severity of the chip and how much damage has been caused.
Minor chips are commonly those that are small in nature and only affect the edge and surface of the tooth. The inner tooth is not damaged by the chip, meaning that a less severe treatment is needed. In this case, cosmetic bonding is the most likely solution.
Cosmetic bonding is a process in which a resin is applied to the affected area of the tooth to restore the natural appearance. The material used will be designed to match the natural coloring of the tooth’s enamel while the hard wearing material will also be built to match the robustness of the natural tooth.
Major chips are those fractures that go deep into the tooth. They are often quite painful and are not deemed suitable for cosmetic bonding. Instead, the dentist is likely to use a dental crown instead as this will provide the best level of restoration.
The dental crown fits over the original tooth, covering the previously exposed enamel. The crown will be created to match the size and color of your natural tooth to ensure that the comfort and appearance are as desired. The realistic and durable materials will offer a natural function and can last for a decade or longer.
Cracked teeth can be treated in one of three ways depending on the location and severity of the damage. Your dentist will examine your mouth to make the most suitable suggestion.
Even small cracks that do not reach the center of the tooth can cause pain and discomfort. While composite resins can fill them, they often won’t provide lasting support. As such, a dental veneer or crown may be used instead as they offer a far more reliable treatment.
Dental veneers are used when the cracks are located on the front of the tooth while crowns are best for cracks that are located on the back or circle the tooth. In either case, the solution will be made to match the natural look of the tooth while both types of material can provide several years of normality before requiring replacement.
Major cracks will sometimes cause damage to the inner pulp of the tooth. When this happens, a root canal procedure is needed to stop the pain, prevent infections, and save the tooth’s root. Failure to do this could lead to the tooth being lost down the line.
Root canal procedures involve removing the pulp from the nerve chamber before filling it up and sealing it off. The treatment does cause the tooth to suffer from discoloration, which is why a dental crown will usually be required to save the look of your tooth. The crown is added in the same way that it would for a minor crack and will last for at least a decade if treated properly.
Sometimes, the major cracks compromise the tooth in a manner that puts it beyond the point of savior. In these cases, the tooth needs to be extracted and dental implants need to be added before the jawbone becomes damaged by the loss of the root.
This process prevents damage and pain affecting the nerves, jaw, and face. While it is a last resort, it can be the best solution for anyone seeking a long-term restoration. Once the metal root is inserted and given time to integrate into the jaw, a false tooth will be added. While the natural tooth won’t be saved, the look and function of the mouth will. This is a solution that can last for life.
Given the plethora of treatments available, it’s important to speak to one of our Westchester dentists about what will be the optimal treatment for your specific case. To rediscover the joys of winning smile that’s free from cracks and chips, schedule an appointment with Chappaqua Dentistry today!