What do you do when you a break a tooth? Many people don’t realize that a broken tooth can lead to serious dental issues if they don’t seek immediate treatment. Thankfully, at Lake Forest Dental Arts, we not only repair your broken tooth, our team of dental professionals can also completely restore your tooth, as well. Using innovative cosmetic dentistry, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, can transform your smile and correct a broken or fractured tooth. In today’s blog, Dr. Fondriest discusses how our dental procedures can repair a broken tooth.
Addressing a Broken Tooth
A variety of factors can lead to a broken tooth, from sporting injuries to simply biting down on a popcorn kernel. When you break a tooth, try to save any pieces you find. Then, rinse your mouth with warm water and also try to rinse any pieces of tooth you manage to find. Apply a cold compress to your cheek to control swelling and relieve discomfort. If you experience bleeding, gently place a piece of gauze on the affected area and immediately see Dr. Fondriest.
Importance of Repairing Damaged Teeth
The thin layer of enamel coating your teeth prevents harmful bacteria from reaching the sensitive inner tooth structure. When you chip or break a tooth, bacteria can bypass the enamel, causing tooth decay. Symptoms of tooth decay include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and toothaches. Over time, the decay will spread, eventually reaching the inner pulp. Your pulp acts as the tooth’s nerve center and is composed of living tissue. When bacteria reach your pulp, the resulting infection can cause your tooth to develop a painful abscess. If left untreated, an infected tooth may require removal.
To protect and preserve your smile, you need to seek immediate treatment. Dr. Fondriest employs a variety of cosmetic and restorative methods to repair damaged teeth. After a through oral examination, Dr. Fondriest can decide which procedure best addresses your smile needs. Dr. Fondriest believes in artistic smile design, or providing custom-made restorations that reflect your personality and blend with your facial features. He will work hard to ensure your newly restored tooth matches your natural teeth and provides a beautiful and whole smile.
With cosmetic bonding, Dr. Fondriest applies several thin layers of composite resign to your tooth. The material can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile. As the material cures, Dr. Fondriest can mold and reshape your tooth. Cosmetic bonding also provides permanent teeth whitening, and can be used to repair fractures, chips, malformed teeth, and close gaps between your teeth.
Dental veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that Dr. Fondriest places on a patient’s front teeth. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we offer both porcelain veneers and no-prep veneers. Porcelain veneers require the removal of a minuscule amount of tooth structure and no-prep veneers can be placed without removing any tooth enamel. Both varieties are stain resistant, and with proper care, and provide years of quality smile restoration. Veneers can also be used to correct the appearance of misaligned teeth, close gaps between teeth, repair fractured or broken teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and provide instant teeth whitening.
A dental crown is a cap that fits completely over the visible portion of a tooth. A crown protects the remaining tooth structure while preventing further damage or infection. Dr. Fondriest provides both porcelain crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Both use natural looking porcelain to provide durable and esthetically pleasing smile restoration. A dental crown allows Dr. Fondriest to repair damaged teeth resulting from injury or tooth decay.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist
Do you have a broken or fractured tooth? Dr. Fondriest can provide the appropriate cosmetic and restorative procedures necessary to restore your tooth to full function and appearance. Call today! At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we offer patients the latest in innovative restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. Call your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist at 847-234-0517.
Our practice serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs