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You Need to Fix Teeth Even If They Are Not Yet Painful

Posted on 3/25/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
You Need to Fix Teeth Even If They Are Not Yet PainfulUnfortunately, damaged teeth don't repair themselves. Once there is damage to a tooth, it's more vulnerable to bacteria that can accumulate to form cavities or infections. Bacterial growth and tooth decay can progress to more advanced stages quickly, often without any pain.

This means that what began as a minor problem can become a serious one without your even knowing it. This can also mean that your treatment options change to more complex and expensive procedures. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, it's important that you contact our office as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

How to Fix a Damaged Tooth

You have many treatment options for fixing your damaged or severely decayed tooth. Before deciding on the best treatment, we'll visually examine the tooth for decay and possibly view an X-ray of the tooth to determine the severity of damage.

If there is a small chip, we may be able to polish the tooth. For a larger chip or crack, however, we may recommend a crown or filling, or a veneer or dental bonding for a damaged front tooth. An extensive break may expose nerves in the tooth and require either a crown or root canal. In the most severe cases, we may not be able to save the tooth and will recommend extraction and a dental implant.

Pre-Exam Care

Before you can receive dental care for your damaged tooth, be careful to chew with the tooth as little as possible, if at all. Neglecting a broken tooth can cause many more serious problems that require increasingly complex and costly procedures. If you chip or break a tooth, call our office as soon as possible for a thorough examination of the damage.

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