At Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry, patients in the Beverly Hills, California area can have a variety of procedures performed by our dentists, Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman. In addition to endodontic services, our team also ensures patients have access to general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Patients who find themselves with a chipped or cracked tooth may be interested in finding out more about the treatments offered to protect the tooth from further damage and cosmetically repair the tooth’s structure.
What treatment is available for a cracked or chipped front tooth?
Teeth that are damaged may require restoration to ensure that the tooth is not impacted permanently. Chipped and cracked teeth can leave sharp edges that can cut soft tissues in the mouth, and it can leave a tooth susceptible to infection and inflammation. When a patient arrives at Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry with a chipped or cracked tooth, treatment options may be recommended. They include:
- Dental crowns. Larger teeth, such as the molars, can be covered with a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage and infection. A dental crown is a porcelain restoration known as a “cap” that covers the exposed tooth and protects it.
- Porcelain veneers. A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell of ceramic that is bonded onto the front of a tooth to cover imperfections including chipped, cracked, stained, or gapped teeth.
- Composite resin bonding. With composite resin bonding, referred to by some as dental bonding, a resin material can be placed onto a tooth, shaping it, curing it, and polishing it to look like natural tooth enamel. It is an alternative to porcelain veneers and can be done in a single appointment.
Do you have a cracked or chipped front tooth?
Whether you have a large chip in one of your teeth or a hairline crack in a tooth, it is important that you work with a dental professional to seal the tooth and ensure infection does not occur. Contact Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman of Beverly Hills, California to discuss your needs. The office is located at 465 North Roxbury Drive, Suite #703 and is available by phone at (310) 861-3955.
Understanding cracked tooth symptoms and treatment
American Association of Endodontists – specialists in saving teeth.
Our smiles are built to last in fact, tooth enamel the outer surface of our teeth is the hardest substance in the human body – stronger, even than our bones. That tooth enamel can withstand a lot of wear and tear, but as we live longer and expose our teeth to stresses like clenching, grinding or chewing on hard objects we can put our smiles at risk!
Cracked teeth – signs that you may have a cracked tooth are, pain when you are biting or chewing, or sensitivity to hot or cold foods, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all. That is why regular dental checkups are so important. To understand why a cracked tooth hurts – let’s take a look at a healthy tooth. Inside the tooth under the white enamel is a hard tissue called dentin inside the dentin is a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels – it extends from the crown of the tooth into the roots of your teeth. When the enamel of the tooth is cracked – chewing can cause the pulp to become irritated. This irritation can grow and eventually the pulp can become injured. Besides pain and sensitivity – the injury may lead to infection of the pulp tissue. That is why it is important to diagnose and treat a cracked or chipped tooth quickly so the problem does not get worse.
There are many types of cracked teeth, treatment will depend on the type location and severity of the crack – common cracks include fractured cusps, split teeth and vertical root fractures. If you have signs of a cracked tooth, you should see an Endodontist – a specialist in diagnosing tooth pain. Endodontists are experts in saving your natural teeth – using state of the art technologies like microscopes and digital imaging, defined cracks in your teeth and treat you quickly and comfortably. Your endodontist will discuss your symptoms and examine your tooth to determine your treatment options – treating a cracked tooth, usually with a root canal procedure – will relieve your pain and reduce the likelihood that cracks will worsen. During root canal treatment, your Endodontist removes the irritated or damaged pulp and cleans, shapes, fills – and seals the root canals to keep bacteria from entering the tooth. After your Endodontist is finished you must return to your dentist to have your tooth properly restored with a crown – that protects the tooth and is important to ensure the success of your root canal treatment. For a detailed explanation of root canal treatment and how it can save your tooth, please watch our root canal treatment video. Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural teeth so talk to your Endodontist about treatment options to save your cracked tooth. Protect your teeth from life stresses and make sure your smile lasts a lifetime by having regular dental checkups.
For more information go to www.aae.org
The skilled doctors at our practice are Frank M. A. Vidjak, DDS, MSEd and Fanny Yacaman, DDS, MSEd, MS.
Dr. Vidjak is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Los Angeles Dental Society, American College of Prosthodontists, Beverly Hills Academy of Dentistry, San Gabriel Dental Implant Study Club, Advanced Treatment Planning Study Group, and West Los Angeles ITI Study Club, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Society.