Is It Possible to Repair a Chipped or Cracked Tooth?
A cracked tooth may occur due to injury or because of normal wear. While at times cracks on teeth may seem shallow they can cause severe pain and sensitivity issues.
Cracks in teeth maybe concealed in areas that are not visible, making it difficult to diagnose them. If you’re experiencing pain, it’s best to get help from a professional dentist who can help determine the problem and suggest possible solutions.
Here are 3 common ways in which a chipped or cracked tooth can be fixed:
Dental crowns or caps are used if the tooth has suffered excessive decay or damage; in which case the dentist grinds away some of the remaining tooth and covers it with a tooth shaped cap. Permanent crowns can be made from materials like metal, porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic or all resin. Each crown material has its own benefit like porcelain and resin ones can be made to resemble the natural tooth whereas metal crowns have the highest strength.
Sometimes a root canal has to be done if the entire tooth, except the root, is broken. In this procedure, the dentist places a pin in the canal, and then builds a structure so that a crown can be made. They can then cement the crown over the pin.
Dental Filling or Bonding
If only a small part of your tooth enamel is chipped off, your dentist will probably repair the damage with a dental filling. However, if the damage is prominent and in the front teeth, then the dentist may recommend a procedure called dental bonding.
Bonding is a relatively simple procedure in which a composite resin is bonded to the damaged tooth. The dentist first etches the surface of the tooth with a gel and then applies an adhesive to attach the tooth colored resin. After bonding material is shaped to look natural, the dentist hardens the material with ultraviolet light.
Dental veneers are particularly useful in cases where the front tooth has been broken or chipped off. It’s a thin shell made of tooth colored porcelain and resin that covers the entire front of the tooth. The dental veneer is thicker where the tooth is damaged.
In order to prepare the tooth, about 0.3–1.2 millimeters of the tooth enamel will be removed from the surface. The dentist will make the impression of the tooth and send it to a laboratory where the veneer is made. Not unlike dental bonding, the dentist will first etch the tooth a gel and then apply a special kind of cement to the veneer. Then they’ll place the veneer on the tooth and harden the cement with a special light.
If you’re looking to fix a cracked tooth, then reach out to Dr. Rabile at Rabile Family dentistry in Irving, Texas. She’s an experienced dentist with a team of professionals who’re devoted to restoring their patient’s smiles. For more details, contact us online. You can also call us at (972)756-9557.