When your tooth enamel cracks, the discomfort alone can be enough to motivate you to book dental care. If this is not concerning enough by itself, you should know that the problem makes you vulnerable to more concerns, including issues with further physical damage as well as infection! Our Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office is prepared to help patients who crack, chip, or otherwise harm their teeth. Lifelike dental veneers and crowns are both effective at treating teeth that have suffered damage. We should note that when patients experience problems that seriously compromise their appearance and dental health, we do offer emergency oral health services.
Why Dental Injuries Should Not Be Taken Lightly
Even if your dental injury does not feel severe in the moment, the presence of a crack, chip, or other sign of permanent harm should concern you. Our teeth are protected by remarkably strong outer layers of enamel. Harm that affects them will leave the overall structure at risk of infection as well as further damage. Letting a “small” chip or crack go without a review can lead to problems a short time later that seriously affect your appearance and make prompt care necessary. You can also give time to bacteria that gather and ultimately infiltrate the exposed space of the crack, leading to a painful infection.
Restoring A Tooth In A Vulnerable State
There are different restorations that can help when teeth are injured. Porcelain veneers are shells that cover the fronts of teeth, surrounding the area that can be seen by others but leaving the surrounding structure unchanged. We can use these for some cracks and other damages. In doing so, we can limit the work on your tooth structure and produce protection as well as cosmetic improvements. When more support is required, ceramic dental crowns are also available to help.
Does My Injury Require Emergency Treatment?
There are times when injuries leave little doubt that oral health care is needed. In these situations, it is important to know that you have access to treatment on short notice. Our office is here to help during a dental emergency. When you come in, we will evaluate your tooth and determine what kind of care is required. From there, we can offer the appropriate support so that you can leave with confidence in your appearance, bite function, and well-being.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Restoring A Tooth With Cracked Enamel
Through the restoration of a tooth with cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged enamel, we can prevent problems with your health and preserve the way you look. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143 to schedule an appointment today.