How to Fix Broken Teeth

 In Cosmetic dentistry, Dental Crown, Emergency Dental Care, Restorative Dentistry

fix broken teeth - Shreveport's Dentist Dr. Kacos5 Options to Fix a Broken Tooth

Broken teeth are unfortunate and unideal. Luckily, dentistry has advanced and there are many solutions! Dr. Ben Kacos, the best emergency dentist in Shreveport, LA describes the different treatment options he offers to fix broken teeth. 

Dental Bonding

Dr. Ben Kacos, the best dentist in Shreveport, LA, regularly uses dental bonding to treat patients with discolored, decayed, cracked, chipped or teeth that have unwanted gaps in between them. This is a simple procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia or sedation unless provided to address dental cavities.

Dr. Ben Kacos will texturize and condition the broken tooth. Once the conditioner drys, he will apply a putty-like mold that he will be smoothed to a thin layer.  Thereafter, the best dentist in Shreveport, LA will use a special light to cure the putty so that it hardens. The dentist will shape and polish the tooth so it’s hardly distinguishable from the other teeth.

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a cover that a restorative dentist placed on the front surface of a tooth. Shreveport’s Dentist uses porcelain veneers because of its realistic and attractive appearance. If the veneers are looked after as recommended, Dr. Ben Kacos reveals that these restorations can last for up to 30 years. When compared to dental bonding,  this is a much longer lifespan. 

A veneer can be placed on one tooth or on several teeth. The process of placing dental veneers on your teeth starts with the best restorative dentist in Shreveport, LA shaving off some of the structure of the tooth to avoid a bulky appearance. Dr. Ben Kacos will take dental impressions that he will use to make the veneers. At this point, the patient can select the shape, size, and color of the veneers to be fabricated by a dental lab. Thereafter, Shreveport’s dentist will place temporary veneers on the prepared teeth and advise you on when you should return to have the permanent veneers placed. The wait time is usually two weeks, but Dr. Kacos will give you a more exact timeframe. During your next appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed and replaced with permanent ones. 

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that is used to cover the outer part of the tooth. Crowns protect damaged teeth and also improve the appearance of teeth, especially teeth that are discolored or have some other minor defect. At our dental practice, we use porcelain to make dental crowns. We customize each crown so that it matches the other teeth of the patient. The procedure for placing a dental crown doesn’t differ so much from that of placing a veneer. The only exception is that the dentist will use an anesthetic since the preparation of the tooth is more demanding.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy may be an option for you if the damage to your tooth has also affected the pulp inside the root.  A root canal procedure involves drilling into the tooth in order to access the decayed or dead tissues inside the root. The dentist will remove the nerve inside the root. After the root canal procedure, Dr. Ben Kacos may need to place a dental crown on the tooth to maintain the structural integrity of the tooth. Recent advances in dentistry have ensured that undergoing this treatment is a painless process 

Dr. Beth Herko, a New Providence dentist, points out that root canal therapy requires more than one appointment. So tracking appointments carefully is very important.  Badly broken teeth may need a permanent dental crown. This will retain some functionality and reduce the risk of it falling out. 

Dental Implant

Dr. Ben Kacos will examine your broken tooth to establish if the damage has extended to the sections beneath the gum line. If there is too much damage, the tooth cannot be treated. This will require the patient to get dental implants  At this point, the best endodontist in Shreveport, LA may recommend a tooth extraction procedure. Once the broken tooth is removed, you could replace it with a dental implant. An implant is actually an artificial replacement for the root of your tooth, and Dr. Kacos points out that it is surgically placed in your jawbone so that a very strong anchor for the replacement tooth is provided. Dental implants are so strong that they are expected to last a lifetime unless you don’t implement the care instructions given to you.

Dental implants can be a lengthy process. For example, some patients may require several months to elapse while the titanium implant fuses with the jawbone.  In addition,  the patient may need several weeks to recover. 

However, the dental implant(s) will be as strong, or even stronger than the natural tooth that you lost.

Broken teeth need prompt treatment. Dr. Cody Boals, a cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, says that any delay exposes the affected tooth and the nearby ones to additional problems. For example, the damaged tooth can become infected and the infection could spread to other teeth or even become systemic. The damage can also become extensive and the tooth that could have been saved is eventually extracted when you finally visit a professional for help.

It is therefore advisable for you to visit Dr. Kacos as soon as possible if you have a broken or cracked tooth. He will do everything possible to fix that tooth and you will get back your beautiful smile.

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