Restore Dental Health with Treatment for Tooth Fractures
By Stephen Rogers on November 15, 2016
Whether caused by a fall, sports-related injury, or biting down on something hard, a tooth fracture is a serious dental issue. What may seem like a small problem can lead to serious oral health issues if left untreated. Undergoing restorative treatment as soon as possible can help prevent further dental damage and restore the smile's appearance. There are a variety of restorative dentistry treatments available to treat tooth fractures, and other dental issues, helping you to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come. To find out which treatment for tooth fractures is right for you, contact our Long Island, NY team at Greater Long Island Dental.
Why Seek Treatment for Tooth Fractures?
Although a small fracture may not seem like a big deal, any interruption in the tooth's enamel can lead to serious dental damage. When the enamel is damaged, bacteria and acids can more easily penetrate the teeth and reach the delicate structures beneath the enamel. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay, painful root canal infections, and even tooth loss. In order to protect your oral health, prevent dental damage, and reduce the risk of tooth loss, it's important to seek treatment for tooth fractures as soon as possible.
Restore Your Smile with Treatment for Tooth Fractures
There are many restorative dentistry treatments available to repair fractured teeth and restore the smile's appearance. Some of the most popular treatments include:
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding treatment can be used to repair minor chips or fractures and mask dental flaws. Dental bonding treatment is performed by applying a soft, tooth-colored resin directly to the teeth. This resin is then shaped to the desired appearance, and then hardened and polished to complete treatment.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are custom-made, wafer thin shells designed to mask flaws by fitting over the front surface of the teeth. Each veneer is crafted to match the color and look of the surrounding teeth for a flawless, natural looking finish.
- Onlays: Onlays, sometimes called “partial crowns,” can benefit those who suffer from dental damage that is too severe for treatment with a filling, but not so severe that it requires a full porcelain crown. Onlays are tooth-colored restorations used to treat damage when most of the tooth is healthy enough to support a restoration.
- Porcelain crowns: Porcelain dental crowns may be used when damage is severe and a tooth is at risk of requiring extraction. Dental crowns are custom-made to match the surrounding teeth and comfortably fit over a damaged tooth. Porcelain crowns help restore the appearance and strength of damaged teeth.
- Dental implants: In some cases, a dental fracture can cause severe damage, requiring a tooth to be extracted. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. Dental implants are surgically placed metal posts that can be paired with different dental restorations, including dental crowns and dentures, to permanently replace missing teeth.
Which Treatment Is Right for Your Needs?
Don't let dental fractures rob you of your smile. If you suffer from one or more tooth fractures, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discover your treatment options.
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