Cracked or damaged teeth can be unsightly and painful. And your dentist in Erie, PA wants you to enjoy a comfortable smile that instills confidence, which is why we offer solutions to these issues.
Teeth crack or fracture for a variety of reasons, including biting down on hard candy or a nut. Damage can result from trauma or deep decay. Fortunately, there are solutions in place to treat these problems.
Repairing a Cracked or Damaged Tooth
If your tooth cracks, a dental crown may be the best solution. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the entire tooth, creating a safety zone between your bite impact and your fractured tooth.
For small cracks, dental bonding may be the solution. For bonding, your dentist applies a tooth-colored resin to the tooth to conceal the crack. This resin is set with a special light.
If you have a severely damaged tooth the options include:
- Extraction followed by tooth replacement
- Root canal therapy sometimes followed with a crown
We provide comfortable tooth extractions in Erie, PA. Your dentist makes sure the area is numb before beginning work. Following extraction, your dentist will advise you on tooth-replacement options, which may include a dental implant.
Root canal treatment means we numb the work area, remove the root and pulp from your tooth, and provide a provisional tooth filling. At a later date, we typically close with a crown to provide support for your tooth. A tooth crown blends easily with your smile because it is always colored to match your surrounding teeth.
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If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, we offer solutions. We can also help you avoid future tooth cracks and damage with practical advice and guidelines.
If your tooth is causing you pain, however, this is considered a dental emergency, and we want to hear from you as soon as possible.