Despite the fact that they’re the strongest and most resilient parts of your body, your teeth aren’t completely immune to suffering damage. In fact, fixing a worn down, fractured, or broken tooth is a common goal of restorative dental care, and this type of damage can occur for a wide variety of potential reasons. Fortunately, the right custom-designed dental crown or other restoration can often help you fix a fractured or broken tooth in a way that fully restores its strength and helps prevent any further damage from occurring.
What the damage means for your tooth
Your teeth are strong, but unlike other parts of your body, they don’t heal. This means if the tooth becomes fractured or broken, you can’t just wait for the tooth to heal itself, or regrow any of the structure that has broken off of it. If given the chance, this damage will only grow worse over time, putting your tooth at further risk of being lost or causing harm to surrounding teeth and oral tissues. The only way to prevent this is to fix the damage and restore the tooth with a custom-designed dental restoration.
If the damage grows any worse
When your tooth is damaged to any degree, not only will the tooth not fix itself, but the damage will continue to grow worse as the tooth is continuously exposed to your bite’s pressure. The crack or chip in your tooth may seem minor at first, but if it isn’t restored promptly, it could quickly become a more substantial fracture or break. As the tooth structure is increasingly more compromised, restoring your tooth can become a more involved process, and require a more extensive restorative dental treatment.
When a dental crown might be best
In minor instances of tooth damage, the small damaged portion of your tooth might be restored with minimally invasive treatment such as tooth bonding or a porcelain veneer. Both treatments are designed to minimize the extent of treatment and preparation of your tooth structure while restoring its full, healthy structure. However, if your tooth’s fracture or break is significant, then the most appropriate treatment may be to cap the entire tooth structure with a custom-designed dental crown. Made to replicate the full visible structure of your tooth, a dental crown can address even significant forms of tooth damage, and can be designed to blend in with your smile by closely mimicking the tooth’s healthy, natural color and appearance.
Learn how to fix your damaged tooth
When your tooth is fractured or broken, fixing it as soon as is possible can help you restore its health, integrity, and ability to function properly. To learn more, 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.