Fixing a Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth

Fixing a Chipped, Cracked or Broken ToothMost everybody will chip, crack or break at least one of their teeth at some point in their lifetime.

You could bite down on some hard food, or you could experience an accident that damages your smile.

Either way, you have a few options you’ll want to consider for repairing your chipped or broken tooth, so you can keep smiling with confidence.

What Can Cause a Chipped or Broken Tooth?

The possible ways you can chip or break your teeth usually land in three main buckets:

  1. Falling or experiencing a trauma to your face, such as a sports injury
  2. Biting down on hard food or another object, especially hard candies
  3. Weakening enamel from cavities that result in a chip or a break

If any of these should occur, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can take these steps immediately to help mitigate the damage:

  1. Rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water.
  2. Apply pressure with gauze if you experience any bleeding.
  3. Cover the tooth with dental cement (which you can find at most drug stores), especially if you can’t see a dentist right away.

Professional Dental Care for a Chipped or Broken Tooth

Your dentist will recommend a different treatment based on your individual case and the extent of the damage.

1. Dental Bonding

If the scope of the damage is small, dental bonding is a simple solution that will repair your chipped tooth in only one visit.  

Commonly known as filings, dental bonding will fill in the absent enamel with a composite resin that is tooth-like. Overall, the procedure is painless and relatively quick.

2. Porcelain Veneers

If you have multiple chips or breaks on the front of your teeth, porcelain veneers are one option your dentist might recommend.

Here, your dentist will use thin shells of porcelain to cover the front of the teeth, filling in the chipped portion of the tooth.

3. CEREC “Crowns in an Hour”

Larger chips or breaks may require a dental crown. Made of metal, a crown is built to be a long-lasting solution. Your dentist will be able to walk you through all your different options for selecting what type of crown is best for you.

And with advanced CEREC “Crowns in an Hour” technology, you no longer need two-dental visits for your crown placement.  

Caring for Your Tooth After Dental Treatment

After you’ve received treatment from your dentist, be sure to keep up with your regular dental hygiene routine to ensure your smile is in tip-top shape.

If you have any chipped, broken or cracked teeth, please don’t delay in getting them fixed. At Dentistry at East Piedmont, we are here to help and happy to answer any questions you may have! Schedule an appointment with us today by calling 770.321.5558 or by filling out a contact form online to learn more.

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| October 23, 2017 |

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