Chipping or cracking a tooth is a dental emergency. Anything that weakens the structure of your tooth needs to be addressed quickly. Losing a tooth is also serious and has long-term effects on your life. Thankfully, we have lots of solutions to these problems:
Breaks, Chips & Cracks
You can damage a tooth in a few ways. Sometimes, the break, chip, or crack is obvious. If it’s minor, you may experience some symptoms like increased temperature sensitivity or pain when you chew. As soon as you suspect something is wrong, please contact us. A dental crown is a common solution. These caps fit on any severely-weakened tooth and prevent further harm. For some breaks and cracks, veneers can be an option. These are a permanent solution and are also used for issues like uneven teeth, overlapping teeth, or teeth with worn enamel.
We offer three main solutions for missing teeth: bridges, dentures, and implants. A bridge is a prosthesis with dental crowns that holds replacement teeth in place. There are traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges. If you’re missing a row of teeth, dentures are a popular solution. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth. Either adhesive or implants hold dentures in place.
Implants can be used for both bridges and dentures, but they are a tooth replacement option on their own. We’ll place a titanium post in your jawbone, where it fuses as it heals. The implant serves as an anchor for bridges, dentures, or a crown, if you’re replacing an individual tooth. The benefit of implants is that they replace the root of a missing tooth, protecting your jawbone from shrinking.
Dealing with Broken, Cracked or Missing Teeth at Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc.
At our Palmdale office, Dr. Giovannini and the team want to help you with any tooth damage you might experience! Whether you have a small chip in your enamel or want to replace a missing tooth, we have solutions that work. Please contact us today with any questions or to set up an appointment!