As the most mineralized tissue in the body, tooth enamel is remarkably strong. Yet, its strength is not without limits, as enamel can become chipped or cracked due to an injury or biting down on something hard. When this happens, individuals may or may not experience pain. Even so, the damaged tooth is at risk for decay and infection. For this reason, it’s important to contact a dentist as soon as possible upon realizing that you have a chipped tooth.
Conveniently located in Manhattan, Group Health Dental responds quickly and efficiently when patients suffer a mishap or injury that leaves them with a chipped or broken tooth. Because our team consists of experienced dentists as well as endodontic and periodontal specialists, we provide comprehensive dentistry in one location. Therefore, whatever the extent of a chipped tooth, Group Health Dental offers a full range of restorative and cosmetic treatment options, as well as the latest in sleep dentistry to ensure that patients receive the comfortable, rewarding dental care that they deserve.
Repairs to Cracked or Broken Teeth
The extent of damage to a cracked or broken tooth is important when determining which treatment option is appropriate. For instance, when a small piece of a tooth has chipped away, a dental filling remains a tried and true method of repairing and strengthening the tooth by filling in the empty space. If the tooth is visible when a patient smiles, however, dental bonding provides an appealing repair using a tooth-colored composite resin that is shaped to look like a patient’s natural tooth.
On the other hand, if a large portion of a back tooth has broken off and there is decay present, a dental crown might be recommended to protect the tooth and restore its appearance. Dental crowns are versatile restorations that are comprised of varying materials such as metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin or ceramic. It’s important to understand that when a tooth is chipped or broken enough to expose the pulp, root canal therapy might be necessary in order to remove the diseased pulp and clean the infected tooth before covering it with a dental crown. For a front tooth that is severely cracked, chipped or broken, a dental veneer is a thin, tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin shell that covers the entire tooth.
When New Yorkers experience an urgent dental concern such as a chipped or broken tooth, Group Health Dental offers the prompt dental care and attention that they need and deserve. With over 35 years of combined clinical experience, our dentists and in-house specialists make it their mission to provide exceptional dentistry in a relaxing, stress-free environment. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, contact our office today.