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How To Improve The Appearance Of A Broken Tooth

How To Improve The Appearance Of A Broken Tooth

Broken or cracked teeth can affect the way you feel about yourself. A wide array of aesthetic procedures are available in order to improve your teeth. You and your dentist will undergo a thorough assessment which will help decide what procedure is best in order to restore your smile.

Dental procedures used by Mississauga dentists to improve a broken tooth

Bonding

Bonding, also termed bonded restoration, is a painless, and minimally invasive procedure that helps make minor repairs to your teeth. The length of the procedure depends on the nature and severity of the broken tooth. However, in most cases, the procedure can be complete in a single dental visit.

Composite resin is perfect for bonding because it mimics the teeth in both shape and color. It can easily be shaped to fix a broken or chipped tooth, or it can help build and fill the space between breaks or cracks. Bonding restores your teeth’s natural appearance.

Veneers

Dental veneers also do a great job of improving a broken tooth. Veneers are made up of a very thin layer of either composite resin or porcelain, designed to be identical to the natural teeth. Most dentists use and recommend porcelain veneers because they last longer, and prevent tooth discoloration.

The procedure is done by cementing the veneers to the surface of the broken tooth. Anesthesia is used, making it a painless process. Veneers can also fix cracks that result in spaces and gaps. Porcelain veneers usually take two dental visits, while composite resin veneers are usually done in just one. The procedure is less invasive, and offers full restoration for a broken tooth.

Veneers are not recommended for the following conditions:

  • Presence of gum inflammation or infection;
  • Presence of tooth decay;
  • Tooth with little enamel;
  • A severe and complicated break in the tooth;
  • Unhealthy dental habits like frequent teeth clenching or grinding.

Preventing cavities and breaks

Broken teeth also occur because of cavities and tooth decay. Cavities break the integrity and normal structure of the teeth. Retained food particles enhance bacterial accumulation that can destroy the tooth enamel, and cause decay. This is commonly observed in children, and in those with poor oral hygiene.

Dental fillings are the best treatment option for dealing with cavities. Tooth-colored fillings can improve the look of cavities, and are also compatible with dental sealants. Sealants are used to protect the tooth and prevent cavities. Because the effect of fillings and sealants eventually wear off, good oral hygiene is always recommended.