Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware

I broke a tooth – do I need a dental crown?

You might. It depends how extensive the damage to the tooth is and where it’s located in your mouth. If enough of the tooth’s structure is compromised, Dr. Matthews would recommend a custom dental crown.

A dental crown fits over a broken tooth to strengthen and protect it from chewing forces and further damage. For instance, a damaged molar requires significant strength to help you chew, and a dental crown might be the best solution in that case.

If you’ve broken a front tooth, however, you need a solution that protects the tooth and doesn't detract from your smile. In this case, dental bonding or porcelain veneers might be a better option for you.

The goal of dentistry is to keep healthy tooth structure intact for as long as possible. Once dental enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Dental crowns in Wilmington, DE protect a broken tooth, but we may also need to remove some additional healthy structure to place it successfully.

Breaking or chipping off a piece of a tooth can be an upsetting experience, but we have solutions. Dr. Matthews will evaluate your needs and explain the options available and how they’ll benefit your long-term oral health.

If you damage a tooth, call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware right away. We will arrange to see you at our next available appointment to get you the help you need.

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