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 recent trauma, Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro
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
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.