If you experience an injury to one of your teeth, it is important to have it seen by your dentist promptly. While certain chips or scrapes may seem superficial, any harm that breaks the protective seal of your tooth’s enamel increases your risk for decay or infection. This is because healthy enamel prevents the bacteria that live in your mouth from entering the more sensitive inner portions. By taking X-rays of your injury, we can tell if you require a reparative procedure and perform it before your condition worsens. For a variety of injuries, we use composite resin to build back up your tooth’s structure and return its protective seal. This versatile material hardens instantly, allowing you to return to daily life after your appointment.
At your Ankeny, IA, dental practice, we understand that emergencies can happen when you least expect them. That is why we make our services available outside of your standard checkup and cleaning schedule. Do not wait to report your injury until your next examination. By setting an emergency appointment, we can provide restorative aid more conservatively than if the injury continues to grow in stature. This could mean receiving a composite filling instead of a dental crown when decay destroys more and more of your tooth.
When You Require A Dental Filling
At each of your cleanings and exams, we will inspect your smile to tell if decay has taken hold of any of your teeth. When we discover a cavity, we suggest removing all decaying material and placing a restorative dental filling in the same appointment. This prevents your cavity from jumping to another tooth or continuing to grind down more healthy material on the currently injured tooth. By choosing composite resin for your filling material, we can shade your restoration to the current color of your natural smile. This provides desirable esthetic benefits when restoring your tooth’s function.
Repairing Injured Teeth With Dental Bonding
When we perform a dental bonding procedure, we build up the structure of your tooth with the same material found in dental fillings and crowns. This allows us to create a more uniform set of teeth when one member of your smile has lost its size. This could be due to a physical accident or gradual wear from a nightly grinding habit. We also suggest dental bonding in situations where selecting the color of your composite resin can help tackle issues with discoloration.
Speak With Your Ankeny, IA, Dentist About Treating Your Problem Tooth
If you would like to find out more about how we can repair your tooth using composite resin or any other of our procedures, please contact your Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office at (515) 207-6182 to schedule a visit.