When you have a broken tooth, you have a few options — but not a lot of time to decide what to do. In fact, the longer you wait, the greater your risk of additional damage to the tooth. Unfortunately, additional damage can add complications and eliminate some treatment options. Because Dr. Harris is a firm believer in actively managing your dental health, we will always see you when you have a problem like a broken tooth.
Whether your tooth is broken or cracked, crowns are an excellent way to fix a damaged tooth — functionally and cosmetically:
Your crown will be created just for you, and covers your entire tooth. The look, feel, and fit will be completely customized. We take great pride in crowns that are virtually undetectable by anyone else. In fact, we check and re-check your bite to ensure your crown will also be undetectable by you.
Occasionally teeth are so damaged they require a core buildup before a crown can be successfully put in place. The core buildup just replaces the missing pieces of the tooth and helps support the remaining tooth structure. The end result? Your crown will be stronger and more stable.
In some cases, it’s not necessary to cover the entire tooth to successfully repair damage. Inlays and onlays, which are typically made of gold or porcelain, offer the same strength and stability benefits as a crown but allow us to preserve the healthy parts of your tooth. You may choose to do an inlay on a chipped tooth, for example. Or you may choose an onlay when you have deep tooth decay that’s beyond what a standard filling can fix.
What’s the bottom line? Crowns, inlays, and onlays improve your dental health while giving you the confidence to smile — and that’s our #1 objective.
Each time I come in to see Dr. Harris, I’m amazed at how great the experience is. I’ve had lots of dental work done in my lifetime and I’ve never seen a dentist and staff so dedicated to the comfort and relaxation of the patient. I’m so glad my husband and I found this dental practice!
- Mary, Mosely