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How to Fix A Cracked Tooth

Posted on 12/5/2022 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
How to Fix A Cracked ToothThe treatment options for anyone who has broken or chipped their teeth will depend on the extent of damage that their teeth have sustained. If you are lucky and have broken off just a part of the enamel, this can be addressed in one dental care visit. A tooth that has severe damage will require a more extensive and expensive procedure. The following are some of the ways a broken tooth can be fixed.

Bonding or dental filling

If a small part of your tooth enamel has broken off, our team may repair the damaged area using a filling. If the damage has been sustained on a tooth that is visible when you smile, our team will most probably recommend bonding, a procedure done with a composite resin that resembles the color of normal teeth.

Bonding is not a complex treatment option, and your tooth may not need to be numbed. In order to successfully bond the tooth, a dentist from our team will etch its outer surface as this increased roughness will make the bonding adhere to it. After this, an adhesive material will be applied then the tooth-colored resin. The resin will then be shaped to give it the look of a natural tooth and hardened using an ultraviolet light.

Crown or dental cap

If a significant part of your tooth experiences severe decay or breaks off, our team may file away some part of the remaining tooth and conceal it with a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to improve the outward appearance of the tooth and protect it. There are permanent crowns made from metal, resin, ceramic, or porcelain that have been infused with metal. They all have their pros but the all-metal crowns are the most studied material. Getting a crown put in place takes around two scheduled visits to the dentist. If your tooth has been chipped away, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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