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Is My Tooth Too Damaged to Repair?
Teeth can become damaged for a number of different reasons. Decay can weaken and erode your teeth leaving them with unsightly damage and susceptible to further injury. Everyday activities like eating and trauma like a fall can cause damage such as cracks and chips. Teeth that receive some type of trauma can also become deeply discolored. If you have a tooth that is severely damaged then you may be wondering if it is too damaged to be repaired. Advances in dental technology have led to a number of innovative and effective cosmetic and restorative procedures that are designed to repair damage. Patients are often surprised at the level of damage that can be repaired with these procedures. Options like porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and composite fillings can repair a wide range of damage and restore your smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are custom made to blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover damage such as cracks, chips, and deep discoloration. Veneers are relatively quick and minimally invasive option for repairing damage.
Like veneers, porcelain crowns are made of porcelain and designed to covered damaged teeth. The difference between the two options is that crowns are designed to completely encapsulate your teeth instead of being bonded only to the front surface. Crowns can be used to repair more extensive damage than veneers. The process of getting porcelain crowns takes longer and is more invasive than veneers. If you have extensive damage to one or more teeth then porcelain crowns may be the right cosmetic procedure for you.
Composite fillings are used to repair damage to your teeth caused by decay and other types of damage. The fillings of the past were made using amalgam which is a dark and unsightly. Composite fillings are made using a tooth-colored material that blends in with your other teeth. If the damage to your teeth is caused by decay, consider getting composite fillings.
The cosmetic dental procedures outlined above can be used to repair a wide range of damage to your teeth. There are some situations, however, where a tooth simply cannot be saved. If you find yourself in a situation where you are going to lose a tooth, there are still options for restoring your smile. One option for permanent tooth replacement is a dental implant. No matter what level of damage your tooth has sustained, there are options for restoration. Cosmetic dentistry has more options that ever for repairing damaged teeth. If you have a tooth or multiple teeth that have sustained damage, schedule a consultation at Aristo Dental to talk through the options and come up with a plan for improving the look of your smile.