Perhaps you chipped your teeth by falling on concrete or chewing on some hard candy. While teeth are extraordinarily strong, they can fracture or break due to excess stress. While a minor fracture might not hurt, the nerves inside the tooth may be susceptible to damage if a large piece of the tooth breaks off. Pain caused by a broken tooth can cause discomfort, making it difficult to chew. Rest assured, your dentist can recommend several treatments to fix damaged teeth. These include:
Composite bonding is a method for fixing cracked, discolored or decayed teeth. The procedure does not require anesthesia unless bonding is being used for cavities. Your dentist will use conditioning liquid on the tooth which will then be hardened using ultraviolet. The results of composite bonding can last up to 10 years with proper care.
If you have chipped your tooth badly and are having trouble chewing, you may be in need of a crown. It is among the most common restorative treatments that protects and improves the appearance of the upper portion of the tooth. The crown is a cap that enables damaged tooth to withstand the pressure of chewing.
If you have a crack in your tooth that has resulted in damage to the pulp, you may require a root canal. The process includes clearing out the decayed or damaged tooth matter. A crown is then placed to protect the teeth from further damage. This procedure has a bad reputation of being painful but if it is performed correctly, you will only feel minor discomfort.
These are just a few ways your dentist can fix broken teeth. You can opt for different methods depending on the damage. It all depends on the cause of the break and what your dentist will feel is the best course of treatment.