Options for Replacing Damaged Teeth
Overuse of your teeth is one of the leading causes of tooth damage. While brushing your teeth after every meal is recommended, brushing too aggressively, or brushing too frequently, can have a negative effect on your enamel.
Another reason for tooth damage could be from clenching or grinding your teeth at night. The repeated force from your teeth grinding can gradually wear down your enamel, causing damage.
How Can You Prevent Tooth Damage?
Your teeth are extremely strong, but they are still susceptible to damage. Chewy foods, hard candies, and ice can all cause damage. So, avoid chewing on hard objects, such as hard candies, ice, or other non-food items. These can cause tooth fractures or even tooth loss.
Always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports, such as football, hockey, or boxing. A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries or even tooth loss.
What are My Restoration Options for Damaged Teeth?
There are a few different types of restorations available for damaged teeth:
Dental crowns: Dental crowns cover the entire tooth above the gum line. They are custom-made in a dental lab to match the color and shape of natural teeth. It’s often advised after a large cavity or injury or after a root canal to restore the tooth’s strength and prevent further damage. It is made from a variety of materials, including gold, porcelain, or ceramic.
Dental bridges: A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The bridge is bonded in place using dental crowns placed on the two natural teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental fillings: Composite resin fillings (tooth-colored fillings) are an excellent option for repairing mild to moderate tooth damage. They are strong and durable, and they blend in naturally with the rest of the smile.
Dental implants: After diagnosing your damaged tooth, our dentist may recommend dental implants to restore your smile.
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that function just like real teeth. Once in place, implants bond with your jawbone, so you can eat your favorite foods without discomfort. They can last for decades, so your smile will remain beautiful.
Dental implants require several appointments with your dentist. First, our dentist surgically implants a tiny metal post into your jawbone. Then, a connector post is placed on top of the metal post. Finally, our dentist will create a custom crown that attaches to the connector post.
Root Canals: Root canals, or endodontic treatment, are a common procedure used to save damaged teeth. They involve removing infection or dead tissue, then filling and sealing the tooth.
A root canal is done when the inner nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected. This can be caused by tooth decay or when a crack or chip allows bacteria to enter the tooth.