Broken teeth are unattractive, often painful, and are prone to infection if they are not addressed. Even a small chip can continue to erode until it splits or breaks beyond repair. There was once a time when even a minor crack or chip was an unfortunate circumstance that meant the tooth was lost, but today that is not the case. Broken teeth are never a reason to celebrate, but people can at least rejoice at the number of fast and affordable methods available to make their smile complete again. 

Dental Bonding Procedure

Dental bonding is a fast and effective way to make misshapen teeth perfect. This includes naturally imperfect teeth as well as those that have been broken. Bonding uses a clay-like material that is applied directly to the tooth, filling in the missing or jagged section. A blue dental curing light is used to harden the material to the same strength of the original tooth. Once finished, it is often indistinguishable from the natural part of the tooth.

Consider Brilliant Veneers

Severely damaged teeth may not be able to be repaired by simply applying veneers. This option is often the best for those who have discolored but healthy teeth. However, gaps and small chips and breaks are easy to cover with veneers, and the veneer may provide a protective covering that will prevent further problems.

Have Composites Installed

Composites are white fillings that blend better with the color of the natural tooth than traditional fillings. While these are used to repair holes from cavities rather than covering a broken section of tooth, they still help to preserve a damaged tooth. Because they are white, they are less noticeable than silver fillings. This can be a huge visual improvement in mouths where there are numerous fillings needed.

Not every broken tooth can be saved, unfortunately. In some instances there may be too much damage, or the tooth loss is being caused by an underlying gum issue that must be addressed. The solution is not to remove every tooth, but to address only those that cannot be saved. Dental implants look and feel exactly like genuine teeth and can be installed one at a time, or across the entire mouth. Bridges provide an affordable option for people with a couple of missing teeth in one area. Anyone who is desperate to have a smile they can be proud of should look into the array of cosmetic dentistry options that can make that possible for them again.