The problem with tooth damage is that it has to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse. That’s true of most oral health concerns, but when your tooth structure has become compromised, it means your risks of losing it and experiencing even more concerns will continue to get higher. Fortunately, fixing your tooth could be simpler and more convenient than you expect. With a variety of customizable treatment options, we can help design a minimally invasive plan for restoring and preserving the undamaged part of your tooth’s natural tooth structure.
1. Bonding and/or contouring the tooth
When the damage to your tooth isn’t too severe, it can often be treated without having to change much or any of your healthy, natural tooth structure. Bonding or contouring a tooth are often recommended for cosmetic concerns or blemishes that mainly impact a tooth’s appearance. Yet, they can also help restore a tooth’s health and integrity in the process. Bonding a tooth means to apply a small amount of customized, tooth-colored composite resin to the affected area of a tooth, then shape and harden the resin to match the tooth’s healthy shape and appearance. Contouring a tooth accomplishes the same goal, but involves carefully sculpting a small amount from the tooth’s outer layer of enamel to correct any discrepancies in its size, shape, or symmetry.
2. Restoring its surface with a custom veneer
Sometimes, tooth damage isn’t severe, but it might still be more significant than cosmetic tooth bonding or contouring can address. In such cases, we might suggest placing a custom-designed porcelain veneer over the surface of your tooth, which can correct a multitude of different concerns without having to alter much of your tooth’s structure. A porcelain veneer is designed to mimic the front, visible structure of your tooth, and bonding it to the tooth’s surface only requires minimal preparation of its tooth enamel. By instantly transforming the tooth’s visible surface, the veneer can completely improve its appearance and structural integrity.
3. Restoring all of the tooth with a crown
When a tooth is significantly fractured, broken, or compromised, restoring it may take fixing most or all of its visible crown structure. The most effective way to accomplish this may be with a custom-made dental crown that can be bonded over the tooth to protect and restore it. Modern dental crowns are highly lifelike in their appearance, size, shape, and symmetry, and they can completely restore a tooth’s ability to function properly after it’s suffered significant damage.
Learn how we can fix your tooth conveniently
Depending on the level of damage your tooth exhibits, we can customize your treatment to fix it with minimal changes to its healthy, natural structure. To learn more about how to prevent this, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.