Posted on 6/25/2019 by Dr. Todd Rogers
|Cracked teeth are a big deal and warrant immediate treatment. Not only will a cracked front tooth lead to aesthetic issues, but left untreated, it can cause infection, decay, and even tooth loss. Should one of your front teeth crack, contact us to see which one of these treatment options is best for you.
A minor or superficial crack may be repairable with dental bonding. Composite bonding works by applying a putty-like substance to the tooth before it is molded to look like your natural teeth. A UV light is used to harden the resin, and finally, the tooth is shaped and polished.
Another good option for cracked front teeth is dental veneers. Veneers are tooth-colored shells that slip over a tooth and dramatically transforms its appearance. A veneer can be placed on one tooth or multiple teeth, and when cared for properly, they can last for 30 years. However, if you have a habit of grinding your teeth, we will need to discuss the pros and cons before you select this option.
Root Canal Therapy
A severe dental crack that extends into the pulp may require a root canal for treatment. A root canal clears out decayed tooth matter and removes the damaged nerve. If you experience a toothache, swelling, or sensitivity, you may need a root canal.
If the crack is so severe that your tooth cannot be saved, a dental implant may be a good restorative option after extraction. Dental implants are placed directly into your jaw so that they become permanent fixtures in your mouth – even in the front teeth. No one will ever know that your tooth is an implant.
If you have cracked a front tooth, don't delay. Call us today to set up your appointment so that we can examine and treat your damaged tooth.