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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
Fixing a cracked or broken tooth is something our Wilmington dentist does all the time. The approach he recommends depends on several factors, including how severe the damage is and where the tooth is located in your mouth.
Cracked and broken teeth can occur due to teeth grinding, large fillings, dental trauma, or biting down on hard foods like nuts or candy. Breaks and cracks in your teeth vary in type and run the gamut from tiny “craze lines” that don’t require treatment, to a split tooth that may require extraction.
There are several solutions we offer for patients in Wilmington, DE who have cracked or broken teeth.
Dental Bonding – For minor breaks and cracks, we recommend dental bonding. Our dentist uses tooth-colored composite material to fill in the damaged parts of your tooth and shapes it for a natural appearance.
Porcelain veneers – If you have cracked or broken teeth that are more aesthetic in nature, porcelain veneers cover the front surfaces to conceal the damage and leave you with a new tooth surface.
Dental crowns – For breaks that are more severe in nature and have compromised the structure of the tooth, tooth crowns are the answer. Crowns are tooth-shaped shells of porcelain that fit over your tooth to preserve it and protect it from further damage.
Broken and Cracked Tooth Repair in Wilmington, DE
If you want to repair a broken or cracked tooth and aren’t sure what to do next, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will evaluate your situation, explain your treatment options, and restore your healthy, beautiful smile.
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Cost Of A Nightguard
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
Call Our Dental Office To Learn More
The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.
Absolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials.
Call Our Dental Office
Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.
Modern dentistry is redefining beauty. Damaged and decayed teeth (and dark, old fillings) can now be restored with tooth-colored materials that replicate the appearance of natural teeth. Also, because these materials are securely bonded, dentists can be more conservative while preparing your teeth for filling. Thus, you retain more of your natural, healthy tooth so you look and feel great!
Give your Pike Creek dentist a call to learn more about your cosmetic options!