A broken tooth may be the last thing on a person’s mind, but it could occur when least expected. It could result from fighting, falling or eating. Fortunately, a broken or chipped tooth can be fixed by any dentist. The dentist will most likely suggest a porcelain veneer to fix the appearance of the tooth. This dental procedure is easy and gives people a natural looking tooth in replace of the old, broken one. Dental veneers are also stain resistant and can be shaped and colored according to the tooth that needs to be covered.
Broken teeth can occur from a fight, a fall or eating something hard that the tooth was not able to bite down on easily. Even though the tooth’s enamel is hard, sometimes, depending on the strength of the tooth, it may not be able to handle damage and could therefore result in it being chipped or broken. In any case, an individual can visit his or her dentist and, within a few visits, can have their tooth fixed to be as good as new.
On the first visit, the dentist will take an x-ray of the patient’s teeth and take impressions to be sent to a dental laboratory so that the porcelain veneer can be created. This process may take a week or two, but prior to the veneer being ready, the dentist will shave about half to one millimeter off of the tooth enamel so that the veneer will be able to sit on the tooth properly. Once the veneer is ready, the dentist will shave and shape the veneer so that it fits perfectly along with the rest of the teeth. If more than one tooth needs to be replaced, then there is no issue with having porcelain veneers fit to cover all the teeth that have been broken or damaged.
The benefits of porcelain veneers are many because they can be fit and ready within a few weeks, they are stain resistant, the color and shape are individually created depending on the patient’s teeth, they can last anywhere from five to ten years, and they do not need any special kind of oral treatment to keep up with. They are natural looking and can even provide strength to the original tooth’s structure. If multiple dental veneers are required, than an individual can request a whiter color, especially if their original teeth are yellow or stained.
Southland Dental Care is one of many offices that performs this cosmetic procedure. Everyone wants to have a nice smile and a broken tooth can cause a person to have low self-esteem and not want to smile, but Southland Dental Care wants to help people smile again.