Cracked and damaged teeth can definitely detract from your smile. Unfortunately, these issues can also leave you vulnerable to infections and tooth loss.
Your dentist in Fairfax, VA offers specific treatments to address cracked and damaged teeth. And these restorative treatments are based on the degree of damage.
If you want to learn more about restorative dentistry, contact our dental office or continue reading through the information below.
- Treatments for Cracked or Damaged Teeth
- Tooth Replacement Options, Including Dental Implants in Fairfax, VA
- Preventing Tooth Breakage and Damage
Treatments for Cracked or Damaged Teeth
Some patients present with a small chip or crack that is primarily cosmetic. Other patients have a significantly broken or damaged tooth or teeth. Dr. Cerina Fairfax will assess your level of damage, talk to you about your smile goals, and present options that will work for you.
Same-Day Dental Crowns in Fairfax for Damaged Teeth
Tooth trauma or root canal infections can damage your teeth, causing breakage and even recurring infections. For a severely damaged tooth, our dentist may recommend a dental crown.
In our dental office, we rely on CEREC technology to fabricate dental crowns fast. With this technology, we can take a digital impression (as opposed to using gooey modeling pastes) of your prepared tooth and send the results to our computer. Our computer feeds into our on-site milling machine, which crafts your dental crown while you wait.
A dental crown is a tooth cap made to match your teeth. It provides stabilization to a damaged tooth and reinstates its bite force.
Dental Bonding for Repairing Smaller Tooth Chips
Dental bonding is a tooth-colored composite material smoothed over a crack, chip, or tooth flaw. Your dentist can set this composite, allowing it to seal and conceal a tooth crack.
We can also use composite to treat dental cavities and replace old silver fillings for a more appealing tooth-colored option.
Veneers for Small Cosmetic Flaws
If you have a worn or slightly chipped tooth, a dental veneer can conceal these issues and so much more. A veneer is a half shell of porcelain attached to the front side of the tooth.
A veneer can conceal odd gum-to-tooth ratio issues, short teeth, discoloration, and slightly crooked teeth as well.
Veneers are considered permanent because your dentist etches away a tiny amount of tooth enamel to set the veneers flush with your other teeth. If a veneer is damaged in the future, it must be replaced.
Tooth Replacement Options, Including Dental Implants in Fairfax, VA
Sometimes a tooth is so broken and damaged that it cannot be saved. In this case, we’ll provide a gentle extraction under local anesthesia.
Fortunately, we offer tooth replacement options to restore your smile. Dr. Fairfax will talk to you about our options, and together you’ll decide which is the best choice for you.
Dental implants are actually tooth root replacements. Your implant dentist in Fairfax, VA surgically places your replacement roots. Over several months, they integrate into the jawbone, and then they are ready for replacement teeth or a prosthetic like an implant-supported denture.
A dental bridge is a fixed restoration containing a replacement tooth (or teeth) with a dental crown on either side. The crowns top healthy teeth and allow the bridge teeth to fill in the smile gap.
A partial denture is replacement teeth on an arch or plate. The denture is customized to fit your smile, and it holds teeth only in the places where yours are missing. The partial relies on gravity, special clips, and healthy teeth for support.
Preventing Tooth Breakage and Damage
Excellent dental care, including checkups and teeth cleanings every six months, are the first steps in tooth preservation. You should also be using your toothbrush and dental floss twice daily or after each meal.
If you compete athletically, we encourage you to wear the proper mouthguard to prevent sudden injuries to your teeth.
And if you ever notice changes to your oral health that do not improve, it’s essential to reach out to your dentist. Changes may include sores that don’t heal, tooth darkening, tooth sensitivity, and oral pain.
Finally, if you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism) during the night, it’s important to seek treatment to avoid tooth damage and other complications.
Contact Your Dentist in Fairfax, VA
If you have a damaged tooth or a broken restoration, we can help. Reach out to a team member today to schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist.
We provide restorative dentistry in all locales, including Alexandria, Annandale, Dunn Loring, Vienna, Falls Church, and beyond.