Have you broken or chipped a tooth? Our teeth are strong; in fact, the outer enamel coating them is the hardest substance in the human body. However, they can still become damaged, whether due to an injury, accident, or the result of advanced tooth decay. Repairing a damaged tooth is vital to ensuring good oral health. Fortunately, we have the techniques necessary to restore a broken tooth to optimal function and appearance.
The Dangers of a Broken Tooth
When we break a tooth, this exposes the layers of dentin beneath the enamel to bacteria. Soon, cavity can form, along with an increased risk of infection or dental abscess. If an infection does develop, in which bacteria reaches the inner pulp, the tooth may require a root canal or possibly even extraction to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and the jawbone. If you notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a consistent toothache, then you may have decay that requires immediate treatment.
Composite Fillings and Dental Crowns
We offer two treatment options to address dental damage and return your tooth to full health and beauty:
Composite Fillings: Instead of using metal, we place lifelike fillings made from metal-free composite. This material can be shaded to blend with surrounding tooth structure. The entire procedure can be completed in one visit.
Dental Crown: A crown is a dental restoration that fits over the visible portion of the tooth. We fabricate our crowns from ceramic, a metal-free material that offers the same translucent capabilities as natural tooth enamel. In addition, the ceramic material is stain-resistant and very strong.
If you have any questions about either of these procedures or other options for restoring a broken tooth, please contact out office today.
ABOUT YOUR BRIGHTON DENTISTS:
Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.