Premature tooth wear, broken fillings and chipped teeth can all be signs of an underlying functional dental problem. New Orleans dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill are highly experienced in diagnosing and solving dental problems to prevent future damage to teeth.
What Causes Broken Teeth and Tooth Wear
In some instances, a single chipped or broken tooth is caused by an injury or accident. Our dentists can fix this type of problem quickly with treatment options such as tooth bonding, veneers or crowns.
Other patients may be suffering with teeth that break repeatedly, even after treatment from a dentist. These patients often have an underlying functional problem such as malocclusion or TMJ disorder. Teeth grinding may also be a cause for worn or broken teeth.
Treatment For Worn and Broken Teeth
The first step when solving the problem of worn or broken teeth is a comprehensive evaluation. It is critical to identify the underlying cause for the problem to ensure long lasting results. Your treatment may include one or several procedures to establish a healthy, stable bite and repair cosmetic problems.
- Invisalign®: Crooked, or misaligned teeth, can sometimes be the source for premature tooth wear and/or broken teeth. Barataria Dental is a New Orleans Invisalign® dentist, offering the ability to straighten teeth without traditional metal braces.
- Ceramic Restorations: Ceramic restorations such as dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental fillings can become damaged when the teeth are not properly aligned. Our dentists Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill can repair broken fillings and crowns as well as restore worn or broken teeth with new ceramic restorations.
- Tooth Bonding: For minor tooth chips, the dentist may recommend cosmetic tooth bonding. This is a simple procedure, typically complete in a single dental visit.