If you have a broken or chipped
tooth as a result of a very recent trauma or accident, contact
your dentist immediately!
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you have a broken or chipped tooth that is not the
result of a recent trauma, Dr. Dunn or Dr. Bowling
can evaluate the tooth for possible treatment. It is still
important to have the tooth evaluated right away, because
in some situations a minor procedure now can save you from
a more significant procedure in the near future!
A very small chip may be corrected by enamel
shaping. If the chip is a little larger, the best
options may be bonding or
a veneer. If the chip is on
a molar, an onlay may be
appropriate. Large chips and fractured teeth generally
require a crown. If the fracture
involves the nerve, Root Canal
Therapy may be necessary before the tooth is crowned.
It is important to have a broken tooth crowned before
it becomes infected or abscessed!
In extreme cases, a broken tooth cannot be saved.
In this case, an extraction
is needed. The missing tooth can be replaced with a bridge
or an implant.
Each case is unique. Only your dentist can properly
diagnose the best course of treatment for your tooth.