Have A Broken, Chipped, Or Missing Tooth? How Your Dentist Can Help

28 December 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


You may get away with going to get your teeth cleaned every six months and call it a day, until one day you notice that you have a broken, chipped, or loose tooth. Even though having one of these oral conditions isn't exactly your idea of a good time, it can luckily be fixed by your dentist. But how? Depending on the problem and how severe it is, your dentist may recommend dental crowns, dental implants, or veneers. Are you ready to delve a little bit deeper into this topic? If so, read on to learn a little bit more. 

Dental Crowns

Dental crows aren't fancy diamond crowns that you put on your teeth to crown them the ruler of a kingdom, but in the world of oral hygiene, they do come pretty close to royalty. Dental crowns are designed typically for patients who have a chipped or cracked tooth. By placing a small dental crown over the top of your cracked tooth, it will help prevent it from getting worse and will seal out any potential bacteria or germs. 

Dental Implants

If you have a tooth that needs to be pulled, then your dentist may recommend a dental implant. Once your tooth has been pulled, your dentist will surgically place an implant in your gums and allow it to heal for several months. As long as it has healed properly, your dentist will then place a dental crown over the top. If you look at it in simple terms, the dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root and the crown acts as the actual tooth. 

Dental Veneers

If you have a chipped tooth, then your dentist may recommend dental veneers; especially if it's one of your front teeth. Dental veneers are typically made of thin pieces of porcelain. Your dentist will start out by sanding down your chipped tooth so that it's really thin. Then, they will glue the veneer over the top of the tooth. Once finished, the veneer will look and act like your natural tooth. 

You won't know which kind of prosthesis is going to give you the best results until you schedule a dental consultation with your dentist. During your initial appointment, they will do a brief examination to determine what the best solution will be for you. Luckily, most of these options are covered by dental insurance, so you shouldn't have to pay too much out of pocket.