If you have a broken or chipped tooth as a result
of a very recent trauma or accident, contact your dentist immediately!
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you have a broken or chipped tooth that is not the result of a
Dr. Ledner or Dr. Zaiff
can evaluate the tooth for possible treatment. It is still important to
have the tooth evaluated right away, because in some situations a minor
procedure now can save you from a more significant procedure in the near
A very small chip may be corrected by enamel
shaping. If the chip is a little larger, the best options may be bonding
or a veneer. If the chip is on a molar, an onlay
may be appropriate. Large chips and fractured teeth generally require
a crown. If the fracture involves the nerve,
Root Canal Therapy may be necessary before
the tooth is crowned. It is important to have a broken tooth crowned before
it becomes infected or abscessed!
In extreme cases, a broken tooth cannot be saved. In this
case, an extraction is needed. The missing
tooth can be replaced with a bridge or an implant.
Each case is unique. Only your dentist can properly diagnose
the best course of treatment for your tooth.
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