Many dental patients assume that their new adult teeth will be permanent fixtures after they lose their baby teeth. However, dentists warn that without proper care, those teeth could become damaged or decayed. Further, an unexpected accident or trauma could also cause a tooth to become damaged or even lost. Patients who have a damaged tooth often ask their dentist, “Can you return my tooth to its original condition?”
Dr. Beata A. Carlson & Associates of Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, FL, offer several professional restorative and cosmetic services to help restore the health of your mouth and the appearance of your smile. Dr. Beata A. Carlson & Associates understand both the importance of form and function in your dental health. Some of the most common treatments that can be used to fix a broken or damaged tooth include:
- Cavity repair: Perhaps the most common dental treatment is receiving a dental filling to address tooth decay. During this treatment, the decayed part of the tooth’s enamel will be removed, and then the space will be filled, using a safe material that blends seamlessly with the rest of the tooth. This treatment not only stops the decay from expanding, it helps relieve the pain that patients often feel.
- Dental bonding: In some cases, a tooth is so damaged that part of it needs to be rebuilt. Like cavities, the material used is safe for your dental health and overall wellness and aesthetically pleasing as it blends with the remaining tooth.
- Replacement tooth: When a tooth is badly damaged, dentists might recommend removing it and replacing it with a dental implant. While this treatment involves several trips to the dentist and several months of healing, it also provides a nearly permanent solution that will restore both the tooth’s form and function.
- Teeth whitening: If the tooth or teeth are not damaged or decayed but are discolored, the professional teeth whitening treatment can restore your smile.