Cracks and Chips: Ways to Fix Damaged Teeth

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Your teeth are made up of the hardest material in the body, a mixture of different minerals that lends strength and toughness to your biting and chewing. However, they can be broken in certain situations, such as trying to chew on something hard, like a pen or popcorn kernels. If this happens, you’ll need to get the tooth repaired.

Sometimes a minor chip can be repaired with a basic filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. If one or more of the teeth in your smile have chips, we might recommend having porcelain dental veneers installed over the face of each tooth.

There are some cases when the fracture can be so severe that it damages the critical interior structures of the tooth. The most common symptoms of this include a persistent ache, sharp pain, or excessive sensitivity. In a case like this, our dentist might need to perform a root canal.

If the crack is bad enough or has split the tooth entirely, the tooth might need to be completely extracted the tooth and replace it. Once the area has healed, Dr. Kerry Taylor will discuss options for restoration with you. The most likely restorative treatments he’ll recommend are to replace the tooth with an implant or a dental bridge.

If you have cracked or chipped tooth, call Chandler Dental Excellence Chandler, Arizona, right away. We will make sure you get the care you need. As always, Dr. Kerry Taylor is eager to help in any way he can.