If a tooth becomes chipped, cracked, or broken, you should talk to your dentist. Otherwise, a seemingly minor concern can soon develop into something much more serious. How do you repair a damaged tooth? Will the repair process require multiple visits?
Frequently Asked Questions About Repairing Damaged Teeth
Question: Will dental bonding repair minor damage in one visit?
Answer: Yes! Dental bonding involves placing composite resin onto the tooth. This material is the same kind we use for our white fillings. We can apply it and cure the material with a light. In a single visit, we can mask teeth stains and repair minor chips. We can also use contouring to reshape the teeth and address cosmetic issues.
Question: How do veneers improve smiles?
Answer: Veneers are placed onto the front and sides of the teeth, altering the appearance of the teeth. We can use them to reshape malformed or damaged teeth, mask discoloration, or close gaps between the teeth. We can also place them to correct the appearance of minor misalignment.
Question: Can you create and place a crown in one visit?
Answer: Yes. With CEREC technology, we can take digital impressions and design a 3D model of the restoration. We can upload them and the CEREC machine can mill the crown from a solid block of ceramic. We can then place the restoration in the same visit. In the past, this would have meant two to three visits.
Question: Without treatment, can complications arise?
Answer: Yes. If a tooth is damaged, then bacteria can reach the sensitive inner tooth structure, leading to the onset of tooth decay and eventually, dental infections. We recommend treating a damaged tooth as soon as possible. If you have any questions about restorations or repairing damaged teeth, then contact our office today. We can examine your smile and decide which option will best address your situation.
Do You Have a Damaged Tooth in Need of Repair?
With our cosmetic and restorative procedures, we can repair and restore a damaged tooth. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.