Chipped Tooth Repair
All it takes is a fall or an unexpected bite on a hard object to cause a tooth to chip or crack. While the damage may seem minor, if left untreated, it could lead to more serious problems. Chipped or cracked teeth should be repaired by a prosthodontist as soon as possible to prevent decay or further breakage.
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime. They are created to withstand incredible pressure day in and day out for several decades. Yet, when the structure is damaged, a tooth can become very susceptible to decay. The surface area of the tooth is made from enamel, which is the body’s hardest substance.
Underneath the enamel is the dentin, a softer layer. When a tooth is chipped or cracked, the damage may be confined to the surface. However, the damage could also extend to the dentin. Even when it doesn’t, the layer of dentin is closer to the surface than normal. This increases exposure for decay. Once decay reaches the dentin, it can spread faster, creating more problems.
Dentin is also more sensitive to changes in temperature. Hot or cold foods or beverages may cause discomfort. A crack in a tooth may not be visible, but the effects of it may be felt any time you eat or drink something hot or cold.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
Dental bonding may be used to repair simple chips or cracks. In some instances, a bonding material is applied to the damaged parts of the tooth, and they are bonded back together again. In other cases, the chip may need to be filled in with a composite resin. This tooth colored material restores the tooth to its natural look and feel.
When a tooth is damaged to the point where the pulp is involved, root canal therapy may be required to avoid extraction. In these situations, the nerve of the tooth is removed and the area is sterilized and sealed off. The tooth is then fitted with a dental crown. The crown not only restores the natural look of the tooth, but it also adds stability, protection and strength.
Do not let your chipped or damaged tooth create a larger dental problem for you. Contact Village Dental NYC today to schedule an appointment. Let us repair that tooth and restore it to its natural beauty.