A chipped or broken tooth is more than an aesthetic issue. It can lead to irreparable damage or a painful infection if not promptly treated. At Dechter & Moy Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD, we treat many patients suffering from tooth damage. Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy are expert restorative dentists who have a lot of experience solving complex dental cases including those that include chipped or broken teeth. This type of damage is caused by trauma to the mouth, car accidents, chewing on hard objects, or repetitive teeth grinding.
Chipped or Broken Teeth Repair
No matter how the damage was caused, repairing the tooth is very important. Damage to teeth make them weak and are more susceptible to further cracks, breaks, or chips. If the damage is severe enough, you risk losing your tooth totally. It is important to take all measures to save the natural tooth. Natural teeth are better for your overall health and offer the most stability. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer many different types of treatment to address your chipped or broken tooth in Silver Spring, MD.
A porcelain veneer is a sophisticated dental restoration that can not only fix a tooth, but also make it look perfect. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that the dentist will bond to the front and sides of a tooth. It will hide just about type of imperfection including a chipped, broken, or worn down tooth. Dental veneers give the tooth strength to protect it from further damage.
A minor chipped tooth can be easily repaired with dental bonding. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy will use a simple tooth-colored composite resin blends in naturally with the rest of your smile. This pliable material is molded into shape by hand. It is very affordable and can be completed in a single visit. However, this is not a permanent solution and you need to replace the bonding material in the future.
Chipped or broken teeth can begin to decay if your dentist does not repair them immediately. If the tooth begins to decay, your Silver Spring dentist will need to use a dental filling to repair the tooth. A dental filling is a routine dental treatment that your dentist can complete in a single visit with local anesthetic.
Severely damaged teeth will require the use of a dental crown to save the tooth. If the majority of the tooth is missing or damaged, Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy will cap the tooth to prevent further damage and give the tooth strength. A crown is a dental restoration that looks just like a real tooth and will completely encase the tooth.
You must treat a chipped or broken tooth immediately. Ignoring it will only increase the risk of bacteria entering the inside of the tooth. Once bacteria enter the pulp chamber, it can cause a very painful infection called pulpitis. This requires a root canal to save the tooth. Root canal therapy involves drilling a small hole in the tooth and removing the infection. After a root canal, your dentist will cap the tooth with a crown.
Major tooth damage or damage left to decay or cause infection may require an extraction. Your Silver Spring dentists will do everything in their power to save the tooth and avoid extraction.
Get Your Chipped or Broken Tooth Fixed Today in Silver Spring, MD
You can reach our Silver Spring dental office by calling (301) 508-9755 or use our online appointment request form.