Did you recently suffer trauma, during a car wreck or another accident? If so, was one or even several of your teeth noticeably damaged from the incident? Even chewing on ice and other hard substances can sometimes lead to visible damage. Other times, damage can be intrinsic, threatening the loss of the tooth without any visible warning signs of the trouble. Fortunately, restorative dentistry makes it possible to address many causes of tooth damage. In fact, it is often able to help repair even badly damaged teeth. So if you do suspect your smile could be in jeopardy, due to an accident or even decay, it is time to find out what a restorative dentist could do to help save your smile!
Damaged Teeth Can Often Be Restored
In the case of chips, cracks, and other visible damage, a porcelain crown is often recommended, as it can help provide both functional and cosmetic benefits. Porcelain crowns are built to look natural, even beautiful, but they are also able to withstand a great deal of pressure, helping to bear the brunt of one’s chewing, while keeping the tooth beneath it in tact.
Dental crowns also help seal against further decay, in the case of deep cavities, or worsening with wear, in the case of chips and cracks. Plus, since a crown creates a tight barrier, it can help prevent bacteria from entering the tooth and leading to infection, as well.
Infections Can Often Be Cured with Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth has become infected, there is still potential to save it through restorative treatment. In most cases of infection, root canal therapy is the prescribed course of treatment.
Root canal therapy is more invasive than some forms of treatment, but it is often the best and only way to save a tooth that has become badly damaged through infection.