While damaged teeth are a problem in themselves, they can also lead to other and more severe oral issues. That is why it is important to restore damaged teeth as soon as possible. If you have a damaged tooth, the dentist may suggest various treatments, depending on your situation. These treatments help restore the appearance, shape, function, and health of your teeth.
Some common restorations that the dentist may recommend include:
- Bonding: chipped, gapped, discolored, or oddly-shaped teeth can be treated with bonding. The dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material to achieve a more natural look to the affected tooth; however, the resin will need to be replaced occasionally.
- Veneers: teeth can be custom-fitted with porcelain veneers. A veneer is usually 0.5mm thick and is permanently glued to the front or back of the teeth.
- Crowns: these are “caps” that are permanently bonded to a tooth. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials or a combination of materials to match the color of the existing tooth. The most common materials for crowns include metal (gold), porcelain fused to metal (PMF), zirconia, alumina, or feldspatic porcelain.
If you have a damaged tooth, we encourage you to contact your dentist and set up a consultation. Your dentist can help you know which treatment will best address your concerns and restore your smile.