An injury can leave you with an unsightly tooth that hurts your overall appearance. If you have a tooth that has been cracked, chipped, or otherwise marred by trauma, it can require treatments to address both health and cosmetic concerns. Procedures are available to address chips or cracks in a tooth. Because the living tissue within your teeth are not able to heal themselves, your dentist may need to perform a root canal to remove any damaged material. If your tooth is knocked out, or is too badly damaged to save, your dentist can offer a life-like prosthetic.
Restoring The Appearance Of A Damaged Tooth
There are several ways to restore a tooth’s appearance after an injury. If the damage is severe enough to compromise the function of the tooth, your dentist may opt to cover it with a dental crown. A crown can be made from material like ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal, in order to give it the appearance of a normal tooth. If your tooth is completely lost, a crown can be placed over a dental implant, and serve as a stable replacement. Dental bonding allows your dentist to use a resin material to cover damages and restore lost material on a chipped or cracked tooth.
Restoring An Injured Tooth To Good Health
Before treating its appearance, your dentist may need to address any risks to the health of your tooth after an injury. If your tooth is cracked, or if it shows signs of an infection after an accident, it may require a root canal treatment. A root canal enables your dentist to remove any of the living tissue in your pulp that has become infected. It is important to address potential infection before cosmetic treatments occur.