Consider dental bonding, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers for cracked tooth repair in Princeton, NJ
While it can be painful and damaging to experience the chipping, cracking, or breakage of a tooth, patients should be aware of the options available for repair. Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton, NJ is dedicated to helping patients in the area with fixing the cracked tooth in several different ways. Whether you are considering dental bonding, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers, our team can help you repair the tooth in a safe, affordable, and effective manner while ensuring a natural appearance.
What can occur with a cracked or chipped tooth?
Any damage to a tooth needs to be fully evaluated by a dentist to determine the extent of the chip or crack. During this evaluation, the dentist will determine what solution for repair is most appropriate for the situation. Some patients will find that they have several options available to them, while others may benefit from only one treatment due to the extent of the damage. A cracked tooth often leaves the inner canals of the tooth exposed. Inside these canals are tissues and nerves that keep the tooth alive within the dental pulp. If the dental pulp is exposed, it can become infected or diseased. To avoid this, patients who have a chipped or cracked tooth need to see their dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and to discuss tooth repair treatments.
In what ways can a tooth be repaired?
Chipped, cracked, and otherwise damaged teeth may be repaired in various ways. Below are a few of the more common solutions recommended by Dr. Michael Cortese:
- Composite resin bonding – Minor cracks and chips can be addressed with the use of composite resin bonding, also referred to as “dental bonding.” This resin material can be applied to the tooth, cured with a light, and filed and polished to resemble natural tooth enamel. Composite resin bonding is an option that will often last several years before requiring replacement due to wear or staining. This treatment can be done the same day as the evaluation.
- Dental crowns – teeth with more substantial breakage, especially those near the back of the mouth, benefit from the placement of a dental crown. A dental crown is a porcelain “cap” that is fit over a tooth to cover all exposed areas above the gum line. The crown not only protects the tooth from further damage but provides an extra layer of strength to ensure the molars can function properly.
- Porcelain veneers – chips and cracks near the front of the smile, on the anterior teeth, can be disguised with the use of a porcelain veneer. Veneers are very thin pieces of ceramic that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to conceal common imperfections. In addition to cracked or chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can cover teeth that are gapped, stained or misaligned.
Request a visit with Dr. Michael Cortese today
At Princeton Prosthodontics, we provide services for patients who need repair for cracked or chipped teeth. We can assist patients in choosing the solution best for their needs. Call (609) 552-0800 today to request a consultation appointment and undergo an evaluation to discuss treatment with our team. We are conveniently located in Princeton, NJ at 311 Witherspoon Street and are always accepting new patients and referrals.