If you have a tooth that is chipped or broken, then the exposed inner tissues could lead to cavities and even severe dental infections! To prevent painful symptoms or even the loss of your tooth, your Overland Park, KS, dentist may suggest a restorative treatment, like a crown, or possibly even cosmetic dental bonding.
The Risks of a Broken Tooth
When you break a tooth, you compromise the outer layer of enamel. This thin layer protects the sensitive inner portions of your tooth from harmful bacteria. So, when you chip, crack, or break a tooth, this increases the risk of cavities and dental infections, which could eventually lead to lost teeth unless addressed in timely manner. If you damage your tooth, then rinse with warm water and take a pain reliever. If you have bleeding, use a bit of cloth or gauze to control it, and remember that an ice pack or cold compress against the side of the face could stop swelling. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and receive treatment!
Restoring Your Smile
How do we repair smiles? Well, if you have minor cracks or chips, then we could address the issue in one visit with dental bonding. The material can be shaded to match the color of the tooth structure, and repairs teeth in a single visit. If you have more substantial damage, then we place a partial crown, such as an inlay or onlay, which are made from ceramic. A full crown, which covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, is also a lifelike and durable solution for damage both minor and substantial. In as little as one to two visits we can restore your smile. Also, don’t forget that were using strict cleaning and safety protocols to protect our patients seeing us for treatment!
Protecting Your Teeth
How do you limit the risk of injury? Well, when you play sports, be sure to wear a mouthguard, which limits the risk of a chipped or cracked tooth, or one becoming knocked-out completely. You can also avoid chewing on pens and pencils, or eating ice or hard foods that cold damage teeth, like popcorn kernels. You can also follow regular brushing and flossing steps each day, which helps protect them from tooth decay, as a cavity could weaken a tooth. If you have any questions about treating chipped teeth, or about what you can do safeguard our smile, then please contact our team today.
Ready to Schedule Your Restorative Treatment?
Our team helps return teeth to full function, health, and appearance with custom-made dental restorations. To learn more about our restorative procedures, schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.