A cracked or broken tooth is not only inconvenient, but it can also be uncomfortable or even painful. Fortunately, there are several dental procedures available to treat it.
Crowns are basically a cap that is placed on a tooth to cover it completely. They can be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of worn, misshapen, or discolored teeth, but can also hold together a cracked or broken tooth. They are also used to cover a tooth that has been treated with a root canal.
Veneers are thin shells that are fixed to the front of the teeth. They can be used to provide additional stability to a cracked tooth by easing stress on it and preventing the crack from worsening. They are also often used cosmetically.
Bonding is an affordable solution to repairing a damaged tooth. The affected tooth will have its surface roughened to allow the bonding to better adhere to it. A conditioning liquid is then applied to the surface before a dental putty is applied to be molded into a natural tooth shape. The putty is hardened and sealed with ultraviolet light. Once dry, additional smoothing may be needed to ensure that the bonding blends in with the rest of the teeth.
If damage to a tooth is extremely severe, it may be necessary to remove it entirely to prevent further damage to the rest of the teeth or gums. In these cases, a dental implant is an effective solution to replacing the missing tooth. This is a post that is inserted into the jawline. Once it is covered with a dental crown, it has the full strength and functionality of the natural tooth.