A chipped or cracked tooth is a common occurrence, but it does not make it any less urgent to get it repaired. Even though the enamel on teeth is the hardest substance in the body, it can be damaged from impact or biting on a hard item. Once the exterior of the tooth is compromised, the entire tooth can be at risk for decay and infection. As part of our general dentistry treatments at Smiles for Centreville, we can quickly fix chipped, cracked or broken teeth at our office, restoring the health of your smile.
When a break in the armor on your teeth occurs, bacteria have an easy route inside your tooth. The softer pulp inside is more vulnerable to decay and infection, especially when it is exposed through a crack or chip. Even though your tooth may not hurt due to the damage, it still needs immediate attention. If left exposed, you may begin having toothaches a few months down the road when decay or infection reaches the inner sanctum of your tooth canals and impacts the nerves. At this point, you may need a root canal to save the tooth, if the crack has not spread to the root – if that occurs, you may lose the tooth completely.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
In comparison to a root canal or extraction, a repair to a chipped or cracked tooth is a simple procedure. Our experienced dental team can fill small cracks, use dental bonding for chips or do more extensive repairs on broken teeth with inlays, onlays or dental crowns. In most cases, a damaged tooth can be repaired in one visit, without any painful procedures. Our friendly team will help you relax while we repair your teeth and restore your smile to excellent health.
The next time you or a family member breaks a tooth, contact our office immediately. We offer emergency dental appointments for severely broken teeth and prompt appointments for any other type of dental repair. Most dental insurance plans are welcome and we have payment options for your convenience.