Your teeth have been designed to be hard enough to bite, chew and grind most normal foods. Unfortunately, there are still some instances when unnatural forces can cause a large chip or fracture in a tooth. This could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face or something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night. The severity of the fracture will dictate the first-aid and treatment options that your dentist, Dr. Joshua Merrill, recommends.
In some cases, a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more teeth in your smile have chips, he might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.
If the cracked tooth causes a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity, it likely means the damage extends down into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, we might need to perform a root canal to resolve the problem.
If the chip is significant or in a bad location on the tooth, then Dr. Joshua Merrill might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a dental crown or even extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant.
To learn more about your options for repairing a cracked broken tooth, please contact Dr. Joshua Merrill at New London Complete Health Dentistry in New London, Ohio today!