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. Clark, Dr. Eldredge, or Dr. Nebeker 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.