Difficulty eating certain foods. The fear that the tooth may begin to fall apart. The embarrassment that a visibly damaged tooth can cause. Even when not accompanied by much pain, chipped, broken, and cracked teeth create their share of problems. Those immediate concerns are just the beginning. If a tooth is broken open, bacteria can easily get inside it and cause a painful infection that may require advanced treatment if not addressed. We can make a tooth strong and whole again with proven treatment for cracked teeth in Waterford, CT.
Cracked Teeth Treatment Options
Fillings reinforce your teeth, making them strong enough to withstand normal biting pressure after decay or trauma has weakened the tooth. If decay or a cavity is present, we’ll clear it out thoroughly before placing filling material into the empty space and resealing the crown. This should fortify the tooth well enough so that we don’t have to remove it. An option called composite fillings can also restore your dental aesthetics, because they’re tooth-colored and don’t show through the enamel.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays perform a function similar to fillings but are used to repair the outside surfaces of your teeth. In many cases these can make placing new crowns on the teeth unnecessary. Inlays restore the middle of the biting surface of the tooth while onlays are used to cover a wider area that includes at least one cusp, the raised areas on the top of the tooth. These can be matched to the color of the entire tooth for a seamless, consistently bright smile.
Crowns and Bridges
If your teeth are starting to fall apart or even fall out, crowns and bridges help make your smile whole, strong, and attractive again. Crowns, also known as caps, fortify your teeth after they’ve been damaged on the outside or have undergone treatment for root canal infections. Bridges also provide the form and function of one or more missing teeth. Bridges are rows of at least three sequential crowns that are affixed to the healthy, stable teeth at both ends of a smile gap.
Bonding can make cracked teeth look like new. A common cosmetic procedure, bonding involves placing a composite resin, a tooth-colored material much like that used for dental fillings, onto a chipped tooth, concealing the visible flaws. As with inlays, onlays, crowns, and bridges, the bonding material can be chosen to match the color of the adjacent teeth for a harmonious appearance.