Have you ever accidentally bit down on something, maybe something you probably shouldn’t have like that bottle cap that’s just too tight to unscrew with your fingers? No judgment here, but we certainly understand wanting to repair the sight of the chipped or broken tooth. A dental visit to Lakeview Dental of Coral Springs can make this a quick fix with a procedure called a dental crown, a dental bonding or more simply put, a broken tooth repair in Coral Springs.
What is a dental bonding? Dental bonding is a procedure performed to replace a small portion of the natural tooth that has been detached and replace it with a composite resin tooth colored material comprised of a plastic and glass mixture. A dental crown is a procedure that is performed if the broken tooth has a larger area that needs repairing.
When you arrive for your appointment, one of the first steps the dentist or dental assistant will do is choose a perfect shade for you. The dentist will then roughen the surface of the cracked tooth repair to be worked on a small amount, this allows the material to really bond with your natural tooth allowing better support. The dentist will then brush the surface of your tooth with a bonding agent, use an ultraviolet light, and continue on with applying the tooth colored composite resin material. They will shape and mold the material to create a natural look to your smile. Once the perfect shape is achieved the ultraviolet light is used once more to make the resin firm and solid. The tooth is then polished using a handpiece for final touches.
This is a fairly quick procedure and usually does not require the need for any type of anesthetic. This method is a good alternative to permanent veneers for patients who are concerned with the costs or possible patients that may not be completely ready for a permanent solution just yet. Bonding also utilizes the need for having to remove a very small amount of the natural tooth allowing for future changes to be made if needed.
It can be tempting to ignore a small chip in your tooth if it is not painful however, getting to the Coral Springs dentist is important. Without proper cracked tooth repair, it can become even more damaged and an infection could ensue. If the crack is not an emergency and can wait for next day treatment some temporary home remedies are listed below:
- When eating, avoid chewing on the side that the crack occurred and try to adopt a diet of soft foods until receiving treatment.
- If the tooth is causing discomfort you can rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to help fight of bacteria. You can also try an over the counter pain relief medication like Ibuprofen. Be sure to utilize the dosage chart provided by the manufacturer.
- If the crack is jagged and sharp, try using a small piece of sugar free gum to cover that tooth, protecting your lips, cheek, and tongue from being cut.
The approximate cost of a broken or chipped tooth repair in Coral Springs start at $150 to $300 without insurance. The broken or chipped front tooth repair fee is dependent upon how much damage the tooth has sustained and if further treatment is needed. Lakeview Dental of Coral Springs accepts many payment options if you would like to browse our list of options please click here to be redirected. The Coral Springs dentist can determine if further broken tooth treatment will be needed by taking an x-ray to capture an image of the tooth including the root.
Our friendly dentists provide all bonding services to fix broken tooth, minimize gap, cracked teeth and more. More information and answers to your questions can addressed by giving us a call or stopping by our office, we would love to help you achieve your ideal smile.
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