Damaging a tooth is no small matter. When the tooth cracks, or fractures, it will only grow worse the longer it remains untreated. Fortunately, we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative treatments at our El Paso, TX, dental office that can effectively restore your tooth in the most conservative manner. With the dual goals of preserving your tooth’s healthy, natural structure as well as its cosmetic appearance, we’ll design a treatment that best fits your needs and preferences.
Minor cosmetic cracks
Some cracks aren’t serious enough to immediately threaten your tooth’s health and integrity, though they can be visibly obvious (and will grow worse over time). To address the appearance and prevent further damage, we can suggest an appropriate cosmetic treatment, such as cosmetic tooth bonding, to restore your tooth’s appearance. The resin used for bonding blends in discreetly with your tooth’s natural color and shade, and it can offer adequate support to prevent the crack from growing worse.
More extensive fractures
If your tooth’s fracture does affect its main structure, then you may need more than cosmetic bonding to address it. The damage could pose an immediate risk to your tooth, as well as leave it vulnerable to internal tooth infection (decay). Depending on the extent of the fracture, we may be able to restore your tooth with a custom-designed porcelain veneer, which can be bonded to the tooth’s front surface. Or, you may need a dental crown to fully restore the tooth and its ability to function properly.
Complete tooth breaks
If a piece breaks off your tooth completely, then the threat to your oral health could be severe. Any pressure from your bite can cause more pieces to break off, the internal tooth structures could be exposed to harmful oral bacteria, and your risks of losing the tooth will skyrocket unless you seek treatment as soon as possible. Because of the extent of the damage, a dental crown will likely be the treatment of choice for restoring and protecting the tooth structure that remains.
Let us fix your cracked tooth
If your tooth has cracked, then we can design the most appropriate treatment according to the extent of the damage. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Sunny Smiles dental office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We have offices in the East, Northeast, and Westside of El Paso, and happily welcome patients from all nearby communities, including Chaparral, Canutillo, Vinton, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.