Your teeth are one of the strongest and more resilient structures in your body. When it comes to forensics, teeth can be relied upon to survive the sure but steady process of decomposition, attesting to the strength of your pearly whites. However, there comes a price with the strength of your teeth, and that is the fact that they cannot regrow once you have lost any of your permanent teeth. This can be extremely problematic for when you accidentally chipped your tooth by playing football.
How can your dentist help you with chipped, fractured and broken teeth?
There are a couple of treatments that your dentist can suggest that you go through if that is the case including porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays as well as composite bonding. Below are short descriptions for each procedure:
Veneers. Also known as laminated, porcelain veneers are shells that look like the facade of each tooth, which are then pasted on the front surfaces in order to improve their outward appearance. Because veneers are only used for aesthetic purposes, like concealing fractures, craze lines or heavily discolored teeth, then this means that they should not be used on worn out teeth or any tooth for that matter which has structural problems.
Crowns. Also known as caps, crowns are porcelain dental works which look like the crown of the tooth, or the structure that is found above the gumline, but is hollow inside. This allows for the crown to be inserted through the tooth that requires reconstruction. In this manner, the dental crown is capable of bolstering the entire structure of the tooth.
Inlays and Onlays. These dental works are used to reconstruct the biting surfaces of teeth including individual cusps if need be. Unlike crowns, they only cover the biting surfaces and not the entire external structure of the tooth.
Dental Bonding. This procedure makes use of composite resin material in order to reshape your tooth and improve its overall appearance. Unlike the previously discussed methods, dental bonding does not involve a pre-fabricated dental work to be simply attached to the tooth, rather, the procedure requires the dentist to mold the composite resin material right on the tooth.
Dental Implants. If the entire tooth cannot be salvaged, your dentist may advise you to have the tooth replaced with the help of a dental implant. Rendering the same strength and appearance as your lost tooth, dental implants are more ideal compared to dentures and dental bridges
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