Apr 6

Treatment Options for Fractured Teeth

Treatment for Tooth Fractures - Mountain View, CA

by Patrick F. McEvoy, DDS

A dentist with a large model of a toothPatients know that when they come to our Mountain View restorative dentistry center that they are in great hands. Our team offers exceptional care, always with a focus on patient wellness and education.

When it comes to chipped, cracked, or seriously damaged teeth, it's important that patients visit their dentist to have the issue addressed. Teeth that are fractured can pose a number of issues regarding your dental health as well as the aesthetics of your smile. Thankfully there are many options for treating these problems.

The Dangers of Damaged Teeth

In terms of dental health, chipped or cracked teeth are more likely to break or suffer further damage due to the weakened structure of the tooth. These chips and cracks in teeth can lead to an increased risk of root canal infection as well, which can cause serious problems with overall wellness.

As far as smile aesthetics go, issues with chipped or cracked teeth can leave a person feeling very self-conscious. They may be hesitant to laugh or smile, ever around people they have known for years. If your job involves lots of public interaction, the tooth fracture can have a serious impact on your livelihood.

Dental Bonding

For minor fractures that are purely cosmetic in nature, dental bonding tends to be the most ideal solution. Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored resins that are painted directly onto the surface of a tooth. This masks a fracture from view and leaves a tooth looking pristine.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another great option for fractures that are predominantly cosmetic in nature. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that help mask imperfections from view. With a porcelain veneer in place, a tooth will look pristine and perfect.

Dental Fillings

For more serious fractures that affect dental health, dental fillings tend to be a more ideal option. Fillings will rebuild missing tooth structure, improving the overall strength and health of a tooth.

Inlays and Onlays

When a fracture is too serious for a dental filling, an inlay or an onlay is a much better option to consider. Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are designed to replace larger portions of damaged tooth structure. They can be used to replace the entire biting surface of a tooth (cusp) if needed.

Dental Crowns

When a tooth is seriously damaged, the last resort is the use of a dental crown. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a severely decayed or damaged tooth. By capping the tooth, a dentist restores a patient's ability to bite and chew without pain or discomfort.

What If a Fractured Tooth Cannot Be Fixed?

If a fractured tooth is too severely damaged to be restored, the best option is generally extraction. Should it come to that, do not worry. There are many options to help replace a missing tooth, and we'll be more than happy to discuss those during a consultation at our practice.

Learn More About Fixing Tooth Fractures

For more information about tooth fractures and how we can restore the health and beauty of your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our team is here to help you smile with confidence and renewed health and wellness.

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