Cavities and Broken Teeth - Overman Family Dentistry
Cavities and Broken Teeth - Overman Family Dentistry

Cavities and Broken Teeth

There are a number of ways teeth can get damaged, and there are a number of ways you can and should repair them. Cavities, which can form in your teeth as a result of acid produced from the fermenting of bacteria, should never go untreated. Damage to the enamel of your teeth can also create cause for concern, as the enamel is the covering that protects the more vulnerable portion of the tooth, and if damaged, it can make the tooth’s interior more susceptible breakage or cavities. The same goes for broken teeth. When trauma occurs to the area in or around the mouth, there is always a risk of breaking a tooth. When this happens, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. 

Solutions for Damaged Teeth

Depending on the damage, there are varying degrees of procedures which one can undergo to fix a wide range of damage to the teeth. Using fillings, composites, alloys, ceramics, and crowns and bridges, we can restore the health, look, and feel of your teeth!

Fillings

Fillings are most commonly used to repair teeth holding cavities, but can also be used as a means to restore cracked or broken teeth. To fill your cavity, we will clean out and remove the portion of your tooth that is decayed. We will then carefully fill and seal it with the filling. This will prevent the tooth from decaying further.

  • Composite  In the world of dentistry, composite is the glue. It is a very fine resin that works to fill small cavities and repair small cracks. The advantage to using composite is the ability to mix shades to perfectly match your tooth color, making it aesthetically pleasing while restoring your teeth to like new conditions.
     
  • Alloy   Alloy is a type of filling used in the making of crowns, bridges and dentures.  As a metal, it is very strong, which is the main advantage of using alloy to fill cavities. Alloy is very resistant to fracture, breakage or corrosion, as well as a cheaper alternative to composite or ceramic fillings.

Crowns and Bridges 

Crowns and bridges are used to stabilize existing teeth and bridge any gaps between them. They are a permanent solution for
gaps and cracks that exist between both natural and implanted teeth. The crown is used as a cap to protect damaged teeth, while the bridge portion serves to close unneeded spacing.

Ceramics or porcelain can be used in the making of crowns, bridges and veneers. The white color makes it an aesthetically pleasing and durable alternative to alloys, plus, it is biocompatible, meaning it reacts normally when placed among natural occurring materials within the human body. 

Leaving a cavity, a broken tooth, or damaged enamel untreated can lead to further tooth deterioration and chronic infection. To prevent further damage, please contact Overman Family Dentistry today.

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