If you have ever considered brightening your smile or fixing your chipped or broken teeth, then you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Fractured teeth can affect the appearance of your smile and your self-esteem.
Here are some ways to repair broken teeth:
Composite resin material can be used to repair mild to moderate cases of chipped teeth, provided there’s sufficient tooth structure to support the filling. The composite is applied directly onto small damaged areas and cemented using a special device.
This outpatient procedure involves the application of tooth-colored plastic putty, known as composite resin, to the surface of broken or chipped teeth.
Crowns, also referred to as tooth caps, are designed to completely cover a tooth in order to prevent further deterioration and restore its normal shape, size, and appearance. Crowns can also be used to restore worn or broken teeth, strengthen teeth with large fillings, and strengthen damaged teeth after root canal therapy.
If the tooth is severely damaged, such that it cannot be saved with root canal therapy, it may need to be extracted and replaced. Tooth removal and replacement do not necessarily have to occur at the same appointment, but it can help to keep your smile looking natural.
There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including:
- Dental implants – these are artificial teeth that are surgically placed in three pieces. The dentist first implants a titanium screw into your jaw to act as the tooth root, which then supports a crown above the gum line via an abutment that links the two.
- Dental bridges – this option features an artificial tooth with crowns attached on either side that are bonded to the adjacent teeth on either side of a gap to anchor the tooth replacement.
- Dentures – these are removable dental appliances that feature a complete set of artificial teeth and plastic gum. They are inserted in the upper and/or lower jaw for patients who have no teeth, and are held in place by soft tissues and muscles in your mouth. For greater stability, the dentures can be secured to a few, strategically placed implants.
If you’re looking to repair or replace your broken or damaged teeth, please visit Healthy Smiles Dentistry in Bakersfield, 93309 to discuss your case. Call us today at 661-377-6453 to schedule your free consultation.