What Options Do I Have After a Tooth Trauma?

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If you have a tooth trauma that chips or completely removes a tooth from your mouth, there are a few different options for treatment. Here are some choices you have.  

Veneers

One common option for a chipped tooth is to get a porcelain veneer put over the tooth to cover it. The veneer will be shaped to match the surrounding teeth, so in some cases you may come out with a better-looking smile than before the tooth trauma. The veneer process is fairly quick; your dentist will take a mold of your tooth, order a custom veneer to be made, and then place it during your follow-up visit. 

Bonding

Bonding is an even quicker and more affordable process than veneers, although the durability of the finished product is often lower. With this process, the dentist uses a malleable material that resembles tooth enamel to sculpt a new tooth facade for you. Since a dentist can mold and dry the bonding material in place all in one session, bonding is often a good choice if you need an immediate tooth replacement. 

Bridges

If the tooth damage is more severe, your dentist might consider getting the tooth removed and replaced by a dental bridge. The bridge will put a prosthetic tooth in place where the damaged tooth was, using the surrounding teeth to hold your new prosthetic in place. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a more stable choice than bridges in many cases. The dental implant will actually screw into the base of your jaw, so it doesn't need to be held by any other teeth. This is a more expensive option, but it can feel more natural and stronger than other tooth prosthetics. 

Partial Dentures

Another option for replacing the tooth is to get a partial denture created for you. A denture can replace a single tooth or many teeth at once. It does require a little bit more maintenance than the other options since you must take the denture out to clean it regularly. 

Leave It

Finally, you could choose not to get any correction for an injured or missing tooth. If you do this, the teeth around your missing tooth may start to shift into the space where your injured tooth was previously. This could create the need for orthodontics, or at least make the area harder to clean. When you can afford any of the fixes above, it's often a better option than leaving the injured tooth as is. 

Talk to a professional such as Marinak and Glossner, D.D.S., P.C. for more information or to get started. 


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