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Chipped, Cracked, and Worn Teeth
The teeth are incredibly strong. They are the strongest substance in your body. They put up with a significant amount of daily use every day. While they are strong, they are not invincible. There are many different issues that can cause your teeth to chip, crack, or wear down. If these issues arise, Sunnyside Dentistry can help.
What Causes Chipped, Cracked, or Worn Teeth?
There are many different issues that can lead to chipped, cracked, or worn teeth. These issues include
Composite bonding is a quick, simple cosmetic treatment used to correct a variety of different minor flaws in your teeth, including small chips and cracks. This treatment uses composite resin, a versatile tooth-colored material that can fill cracks and transform the shape of teeth affected by chips. The material bonds with your natural tooth structure and provides a completely natural appearance.
Porcelain veneers are another treatment used to fix minor flaws, including chips and cracks. They can also add length to teeth that have been excessively worn down. This treatment uses thin shell-like structures made from porcelain, which are designed to cover over the front surfaces of your affected teeth, effectively eliminating the appearance of the flaws. This material is stronger than composite resin and lasts longer.
Crowns are used to treat more significant damage. They function to protect teeth from further damage and infections, while also restoring its strength and allowing it to function normally. Ceramic crowns not only protect the tooth, but they also help to restore its appearance as well.
Extractions and Replacement
Sometimes, chipped, cracked, or worn teeth can be too damaged. If the damage is too severe, the tooth may be beyond repair. In this case, the next best solution is to extract the affected tooth. Following the extraction, we can provide you with a tooth replacement, such as a bridge or a dental implant.
Treating the Main Cause
While some damage can occur as the result of a single incident, sometimes chips, cracks, and wear can result due to an underlying issue. These issues include misalignment of your teeth or bruxism. Poor tooth alignment causes uneven pressure on your teeth, which can cause damage and excessive wear. Bruxism places excessive pressure on your teeth, compromising them.
In cases such as these, the main cause of your damaged teeth needs to be treated. Alignment issues can be treated with orthodontics, such as braces or clear aligners. Not only can orthodontic treatment reduce the risk of tooth damage and excessive wear, but it also helps to improve the quality of your smile. Bruxism can be alleviated with different treatments, including night guards, Botox injections, and orthodontics. We can help to determine the best treatment to meet your needs.
Treating chipped, cracked, and worn teeth do more than just improve the appearance of your smile, it can also restore proper functioning to your mouth and improve your oral health. Call Sunnyside Dentistry at (503) 451-5104 today for more information and to schedule your appointment today.