One of the most common dental problems is having cracked or chipped teeth. It can happen to just about anyone, and the result may leave you in lots of pain. Typically, most cracks or chips are caused by trauma to the tooth. For example, you hit your mouth against a hard surface, which causes part of the tooth to chip off. However, you can also experience cracks from repetitive grinding of your teeth.
Regardless of the severity of your cracked or chipped tooth, it’s vital to contact Sherman Oaks right away!Request My Appointment
The good news is that there is cracked or chipped tooth treatment available for anyone in need. Generally speaking, we can split the issue into two categories: minor or major. Small chips or cracks in dental enamel may not be too problematic as they only cause aesthetic problems. But, some of the more significant cracks/chips end up causing a lot of pain and can lead to infections in the tissue surrounding your teeth.
Regardless of the severity of your cracked or chipped tooth, it’s vital to seek professional treatment right away. Sherman Oaks Dental can help you with this, and here’s what we can do for you:
We offer three main treatments for cracked teeth. The one we use on you will depend on the severity of the cracks and how deep or damaging they are. Don’t worry, we’ll talk through all the options when you come in for your appointment, so you can make the best decision.
The smallest of cracks can quickly be sorted out with some composite resin. Usually, these cracks come when you’re guilty of grinding your teeth too much. But, you do get minor cracks that need some additional treatment, which is where dental veneers/crowns come into play.
Veneers are ideal for cracks that appear on the front surface of your tooth, and we can place them to give your teeth a more natural, crack-free appearance. Crowns work best to cover up minor cracks on the back or top part of your tooth.
Major cracks can present serious dental problems as they may be exceedingly deep. When this happens, the crack can damage the pulp of the tooth, which leads to extreme pain. As such, the best course of action is a root canal.
When you undergo a root canal, your dentist will use special tools to get into your tooth and remove the pulp and nerve chamber within. Then, they clean the area to prevent any infections before filling it up and sealing it. To finish things off, we cover the tooth with a crown as well. Why? Because root canals can damage the appearance of teeth - they often turn gray - along with structural integrity. So, a crown helps keep everything together and provide you with healthy-looking teeth.
For the most severe cracks, dental implants are often the only option. Here, your crack is so deep that it runs through to your gumline and can cause infections that damage your nerves and jawbone. Therefore, we will need to extract your tooth to prevent any of this from happening.
After this, we fuse the titanium implant into the space left by your tooth. We wait for everything to heal, then place a dental crown over the implant. Just like that, your mouth looks good as new! The benefit of implants is that they look incredibly natural and require no additional maintenance. You can still eat as usual, you don’t need to take them out - it’s like nothing ever changed.
If your tooth has been chipped, then we urge you to book an appointment with us as soon as possible. The good news is that chips don’t tend to cause massive oral health issues. Mainly, they’re a cosmetic issue, but you should still get them seen to right away
Sometimes, you may have a slight chip on the surface or edge of your tooth. In this case, we suggest that cosmetic bonding is the best treatment for you. We use composite resins that bond to your tooth and restore it to its natural look and shape. Essentially, we use the resin to build up the area of your tooth that’s suffered from the chip.
In reality, it’s similar to getting treatment for cavities. But, the main difference is that there’s no tooth decay, so no drilling is required. It won’t take long to do, and we ensure the resin is cured and polished to look as natural as possible.
Now, we can use cosmetic composite bonding for a lot of small cracks that don’t go too deep into your teeth. But, if your chip is quite large and takes off a significant portion of your tooth, then it might be a better idea to have a dental crown placed there instead.
It all depends on how much damage is caused by the chip. If we can fix it with cosmetic bonding - and there’s no risk to the tooth structure - then we will. If not, then we prepare your tooth for a crown. We use incredibly realistic dental crowns that will match your smile and provide you with a long-lasting restoration.
If you’re suffering from cracked or chipped teeth, then please contact us today. We can book you in for an appointment where you’ll be seen by an experienced dentist. By looking at your afflicted tooth, we can come to the best conclusion and suggest the most effective treatment for you. So, get in touch with us today, and we will help restore your teeth to their natural beauty.
We also offer emergency dental services for problems that can’t wait. So, if you suffer from extreme cracks or fractures that are causing intense pain, then please don’t hesitate to call our emergency team. We’ll bring you in right away, assess the damages, then provide a speedy and professional treatment. Contact us now if you have major cracks or chips that must be treated, or book a regular appointment for less urgent ones.Request My Appointment