Have you broken or chipped a tooth recently? If so you might have been tempted to ignore it, but it’s important to get it treated as soon as you can, and to make an appointment with Dr Zaki Bashir to have it mended. This is because a chip in your tooth will have broken through the outer layer of tooth enamel.
Tooth enamel is the hard substance that normally protects the tooth. When it is damaged then bacteria in your mouth will be able to attack the much softer layer of dentine that is just underneath the tooth enamel. Eventually the bacteria will cause a cavity, and you may find you bite down one day only to feel the tooth crumble away. There is also a risk that the cavity might eventually reach the inner part of your tooth. The pulp lies right at the centre of the tooth and contains all the nerves and blood supply to the tooth. If the bacteria reaches the pulp then things can get pretty painful, and you will need to visit our dentist in Bromley Dental Practice for root canal treatment.
Mending Chipped or Cracked Teeth with Dental Bonding
It’s much easier to get that crack or chip mended. The process for mending chipped or cracked teeth can be pretty straightforward as it can often be done through bonding the tooth. This is where composite resin material is applied to the tooth to help repair any small areas of damage. The material is tooth coloured and bonds to the natural tooth extremely strongly, helping to restore the tooth to its full strength so you will be able to bite and chew normally without any fear of the tooth beginning to crumble away. Dental bonding can be completed in just one visit to the Bromley Dental Practice, and the results should last for several years before they need replacing.
Mending Teeth with Veneers and Crowns
If the damage is a bit more substantial then Dr Bashir might recommend a different treatment. It could be that the tooth would benefit more from being veneered, or it could need to be completely protected with a dental crown. Porcelain veneers in Bromley are good for treating chips in front teeth, and can help improve the overall appearance of the tooth. They will last longer than dental bonding, but do cost a little more.
Dental crowns cover up the whole of the tooth, right down to the gum line. They are good for mending larger chips or cracks, or for dealing with fractures in teeth. Dental crowns can completely replace the missing tooth structure so the tooth can be used normally. A dental crown can last ten years or more, provided they are looked after correctly.
Mending chips and cracks in teeth is much more cost effective than leaving the damage to progress and treatment can be far quicker.