3 Ways To Fix A Cracked Tooth

cracked-toothThe enamel that covers our teeth is the hardest substance in our bodies – even harder than our bones. However, it is not indestructible. Cracks in your teeth can happen for any number of reasons. Whether you have a small crack from biting down on a nut, or your tooth has a crack so deep it is allowing decay and infection inside your tooth, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Depending on the severity of the crack, there are several ways to restore the cracked tooth’s appearance and function.

Three Common Ways Dentists Repair A Cracked Tooth

  1. Dental bonding. For a cracked tooth in your “smile zone” (front of the mouth) that has only suffered minor damage, a dentist may be able to fix the problem by applying an adhesive liquid to your tooth, then a composite resin that forms a bond with the tooth and covers the crack. This procedure often can be done without numbing the area around the cracked tooth.
  2. Veneers. Porcelain veneers can protect minor cracks in teeth by placing thin “shells” over the front of your natural tooth. Your dentist will need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel before adhering the veneer with an adhesive. Cared for properly, veneers can protect a cracked tooth from further damage for many years.
  3. Root canals and crowns. These two techniques are mentioned together because they are used together as the standard way of treating a cracked tooth that is badly enough injured that the tooth’s root is infected. A dentist or endodontist will use specialized instruments to carefully clean out the infected roots of your tooth. The nerve-filled pulp that filled the canal will be replaced with a biocompatible material. The cracked tooth is then stabilized by placing a crown over it. Root canals can fix a significant problem with a cracked tooth permanently, with success rates well over 90 percent. 

“For a cracked tooth where the crack does not extend below the root line, there are a number of options available for fixing the crack and preserving your natural tooth,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in the Biltmore area of central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Cracks often worsen over time, so call for an appointment today if you notice a crack or chip in your tooth.”

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