Tooth enamel is the hardest material found in the body, but despite this strength, teeth can’t repair themselves. That’s why with gradual wear, excessive force, and structural damage, they can ultimately end up breaking. Tooth fractures can be caused by a variety of factors, such as chewing overly hard foods, teeth grinding, injury from facial trauma, or a large filling making the surrounding tooth structure weaker. While it can be alarming to notice a chip or crack in your tooth—regardless of the cause—there are different treatment options available that can effectively restore the function of the tooth as well as its natural-looking appearance.
For more subtle chips or cracks, our dentists may recommend a solution like porcelain veneers. These thin, durable shells are color-matched to the surrounding teeth and adhered to the front surface of the affected tooth. Once the veneer is carefully positioned into place, any chips, cracks, stains, or other imperfections are concealed, and when you smile, you can enjoy the restored look to your smile.
Dental crowns, on the other hand, are more appropriate for those with substantial tooth damage caused by a break. Crowns are designed to strengthen a tooth that has become weak or compromised in another way. To perform this procedure, a custom-made “cap” of porcelain or another material is placed over the broken tooth, which has been prepared for a secure and comfortable fit. The outcome is a new, tooth-colored restoration that is both strong and blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Depending on the extent of your tooth damage, you may be a good candidate for one of these treatments or another option. If you would like more information about how you can repair a damaged tooth, please feel free to contact our team at Kois Dentistry. Our dentists can evaluate your teeth and help you find the most beneficial solution for your needs and lifestyle.