Solutions for Damaged Teeth
A damaged tooth can be a painful and uncomfortable experience. At Jefferson City Dental Care, we offer a range of dental services, including damaged tooth repair, to restore the function and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. Whether you need a simple filling or a more complex restorative treatment, we use the latest techniques and technology to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Johnson and his team look forward to helping you achieve your dental goals and improving your overall well-being.
How Can Teeth Get Damaged?
Teeth can be damaged by bruxism (teeth grinding), diet, habits like tobacco use, and dental accidents. Tooth injuries can manifest in the following ways:
- A broken tooth.
- A cracked tooth.
- A chipped tooth.
- A fractured tooth.
- Any combination of the above.
Regardless of the cause, we need to address a damaged tooth promptly to prevent further damage and complications.
Why Fix a Damaged Tooth?
A cracked tooth is an easy entry point for bacteria. When bacteria get inside a tooth, it causes an infection. Tooth infections can be dangerous because they can spread quickly to the other teeth via the blood vessels in the inner part of each tooth.
Here are some common reasons to fix a broken tooth:
- Prevent infection.
- Resolve tooth pain/sensitivity.
- Restore the appearance of your smile.
- Prevent further damage to tooth structure.
Solutions for a Broken Tooth
Fortunately, Dr. Johnson and his expert team offer a variety of tooth repair options at his dental practice in Jefferson City, MO. Below are the most common fractured tooth solutions.
Cavities are one way teeth can be damaged. If left untreated, cavities can weaken the tooth, making it more susceptible to cracking and breaking. Cavities can also lead to infection. Our tooth-colored fillings fill in cavities with material so tooth-like, no one will be able to tell it’s not part of your original tooth.
Dental bonding is a simple, cost-effective solution for repairing minor chips or cracks. In this process, a tooth-colored composite resin material is applied to the damaged tooth and hardened with a special light. The resin bonds to the tooth, effectively repairing the damage and restoring the tooth’s natural appearance. Dental bonding is a quick and painless procedure that can be completed in a single visit to the dentist.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged or weakened, such as those with large chips or cracks. The crown covers the entire tooth, protecting it from further damage and restoring its natural appearance. Our crowns are made from beautiful, tooth-colored porcelain.
Replacing a Damaged Tooth
Sometimes a broken tooth is too damaged to keep. In these cases, it may fall out on its own or by accident, or we may decide to extract the tooth and replace it with one of the following solutions.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing a missing or severely fractured tooth. An implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. Dental implants are durable and look and function like natural teeth. They require a series of appointments and procedures, including implant surgery and a possible bone grafting, but the result is a long-lasting and stable replacement tooth.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that is supported by neighboring teeth or dental implants. A dental bridge is custom-made to fit the shape and size of the gap in the patient’s mouth. Bridges can help restore teeth that had to be removed because their cracks or fractures were too severe.
Get Cracked Teeth Repaired Today!
If you have a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth, call Jefferson City Dental Care today. We’ll get you fixed up in no time with our broken tooth repair treatments. Schedule an appointment today!
This page has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Justin Johnson, DDS, an experienced dentist in Jefferson City, MO, and member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and Missouri Dental Association.