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The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

Cosmetic Dentistry Options For Broken Teeth

Sofia Curtis

If you break a tooth, you may develop dental sensitivity and tooth pain. Broken teeth can also cause lower confidence and chewing problems. They may also put you at risk of cutting the inside of your mouth, especially your tongue. If you cut your tongue on a broken tooth, it can cause severe bleeding, since your tongue is vascular. Fortunately, cosmetic dentists can provide the following treatment options that can help restore your oral health

Composite Resin Bonding

Tooth bonding is a common cosmetic dental procedure for repairing broken teeth and treating other dental imperfections such as severe staining and uneven teeth. During your bonding appointment, your dentist will apply a special bonding resin over your broken tooth and shape it so that it matches the size of the tooth. After the bonding agent has been placed on your broken tooth, the material is then cured with ultraviolet light. After the resin material hardens, your dentist will polish it so that it looks and feels smooth. Dental bonding does not take multiple appointments. It is not painful, you will not need any anesthetic, and there will be no "downtime" following your procedure.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are often called caps. They are another common option for restoring broken teeth. Dental crowns are placed over the entire tooth, unlike dental veneers, which are thin shells that are placed only over the front of your tooth. Depending on your preference and your cosmetic dentist's recommendation, the dental lab will make your crowns either from metal, porcelain, or resin. Unlike dental bonding, getting dental crowns may take a couple of office appointments.

Your crowns will last for years if you maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for teeth cleaning appointments and checkups. Also, to keep your dental crowns from breaking, avoid biting down or chewing hard foods, do not bite your nails, or try to open packages with your teeth. Even though your dental crowns are hard and durable, they may be susceptible to cracks and breaks under extreme circumstances. 

If you break a tooth or have multiple broken teeth, make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist for an examination and consultation. Once your cosmetic dentistry treatment has been completed, you will enjoy your beautiful and healthy smile for decades to come and you may be pleasantly surprised at the boost in self-confidence your new cosmetic dental procedure has given you.