Did you know that tooth enamel is actually the hardest substance in the human body? The enamel coating your teeth is meant to withstand a lifetime of wear and tear. Unfortunately, our teeth can still become damaged. Whether through decay or injury, we can chip, crack, or even break a tooth. If you break a tooth what should you do next? Thankfully, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, provide the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to repair damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists explain why you should never wait to have your teeth fixed and how our cosmetic procedures can restore your smile to full function and appearance.
Symptoms and Causes of a Damaged Tooth
When we chip or break a tooth, often we know immediately. But a cracked tooth may only display a hairline fracture practically invisible to the naked eye. One common sign of a damaged tooth is tooth sensitivity to hot or cold. Other times, patients report constant toothaches or difficulty chewing. A tooth can become damaged after being weakened by tooth decay. In many cases trauma, such as a sports accident, can lead to a broken tooth.
If you chip or break a tooth, the first thing you should do is try to gather any chips or pieces of the tooth. Next, rinse your mouth with warm water. You may need to apply a cold compress to the side of your face to reduce swelling. Then, contact your Livingston dentists right away. When a tooth is damaged, the sensitive layers of dentin beneath the enamel are exposed to bacteria. If left untreated, this may lead to tooth decay and eventually, an abscessed tooth.
Restoring Your Smile
Once you arrive, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will perform a thorough oral examination. Afterward, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom can recommend the best method of restoring your teeth. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures to provide strong, natural looking tooth restoration. Our procedures include:
· Dental bonding
· Porcelain veneers
· Dental crowns
· Tooth-colored fillings
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston Cosmetic Dentists
Do you have a chipped or broken tooth? Repairing a damaged tooth is essential for maintaining good dental health. Talk to your Livingston cosmetic dentists today! Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom can recommend the best cosmetic or restorative procedure to correct your smile and repair your tooth. We offer an array of services for protecting and preserving your smile. Contact the Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey today. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.