Summer Time Activities Underway? 3 Ways To Repair Broken Teeth

When you play rough, you know that you'll suffer some injuries along the way. You expect the occasional broken bones, or pulled muscles. However, you might not expect broken teeth. Broken bones and pulled muscles will heal, leaving no visible scars to remind you of the mishap. Unfortunately, broken teeth aren't going to be so kind. Once you have a broken tooth, you're going to be left with a constant reminder each time you smile. Luckily, with some cosmetic dentistry, the damage can be repaired, and the reminder can be eliminated. If you suffer broken teeth this summer, here are three treatment options you'll have for repairing the damage.

Bond Them

Composite bonding is one of the easiest ways to repair a broken tooth. One of the benefits of composite bonding is that your dentist won't need to use anesthesia to repair your tooth. For the process, your dentist will use dental tools to roughen the surface of your damaged tooth. The process of roughing up the tooth will ensure that the composite will hold securely to the surface. Composite putty is then placed on your tooth, and molded to the shape of your tooth. Once the composite bonding agent has hardened, it will be polished. When the dentist is finished, you won't be able to see the damage.

Cover Them

If your front teeth have endured the damage, you want to make sure they look as natural as possible once repaired. That's where the porcelain veneers come in. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are cut, shaped and placed directly onto the surface of your tooth, forming a protective cover over the damaged area. One of the benefits of porcelain veneers is that they can be used to replace one or more of your teeth. It's important to note that since veneers are made of porcelain, they can be fragile. If you grind your teeth at night, bite your nails, or chew ice, porcelain veneers may not be your best option.

Give Them a Crown

If a significant portion of your tooth is broken off, composite bonding or veneers may not be able to repair the damage. That's because there might not be enough of the tooth remaining to attach them to. If that's the case, your dentist may recommend dental crowns to repair the damage. With dental crowns, your dentist will need to administer anesthesia for the procedure. However, when your dentist is done, the crown will look just like one of your natural teeth. 

Contact an office like Webster Cosmetic Dental LTD to learn more.