If you’re a dedicated hockey fan, then chances are you are following the Stanley Cup playoffs. You’re also more than likely familiar with how often hockey players deal with chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. When you’ve damaged your teeth, what can you do to fix it? Here are four possible options to consider.
When you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, some relaxation dentistry may be in order. Likewise, one way of treating a broken tooth is through the use of sedatives. For smaller breaks, this solution might be all you need, although a follow-up appointment would be necessary to check on how the tooth is doing. All the sedative can do is numb the pain temporarily. Still, if that isn’t enough, there are other ways of treating broken teeth.
Depending on how severe the break is, your teeth may require this treatment instead. If your broken teeth are so loose that they are in danger of falling out, bonding can help. Bonding can also help stop your gums from bleeding. Any loose teeth are bonded to a tooth that is still intact next to it. Although this sounds unpleasant, it gives the broken teeth a chance to heal while protecting the deeper layers underneath the enamel and down to the roots, such as the bones holding your teeth in place.
Root canals don’t always have to be a source of dread. Though they have a bad reputation, these procedures can be quite helpful, especially since they help prevent infections in broken teeth before any other techniques, such as extractions, can remove the vulnerable teeth.
Tooth extractions are the last resort for treating broken teeth. Removals might also have to be paired with a dental crown to help repair damaged teeth. Depending on the disposition of your teeth, dire circumstances may call for this to happen. An extraction will typically be followed by an implant along with follow-up appointments in the future to monitor how well your mouth is healing.
KEEP YOUR TEETH HEALTHY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube! We are always looking to accept new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!