Accidents are a natural part of life, no matter how careful you are to try and avoid them. If the mishap you have experienced resulted in a chipped or broken tooth, it is important to seek the care of a qualified dentist like Dr. Carl McMillan.
Clearly, if a chipped tooth is causing discomfort, you want to schedule prompt treatment to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Pain is telling you that trauma has occurred near the nerve of the tooth. If not treated, pain may worsen, and ultimately the tooth may be depleted of the nutrients and circulation it needs to remain viable. While applying ice and taking pain-reducing medicine will minimize pain, this is just the first step. The subsequent step is to schedule a visit with us so we can carefully examine the damaged tooth to see if it can be repaired, or if replacement may be necessary.
It is possible that a chipped tooth may not cause any discomfort. This does not mean that you can forego restorative treatment. The rough edges of a broken tooth may cause irritation or trauma to oral tissues, and the compromised edges of the tooth can crumble when you chew. Further damage could occur more gradually, as debris and bacteria accumulate in hard-to-reach areas. Prompt repair of the damaged tooth with the appropriate restoration can halt the progress of trauma.
In our dental office near Charlotte, we recognize the need for esthetic value in the smile. While repair is necessary to avoid more extensive damage and to maintain structural integrity, the primary reason that most people seek treatment for a chipped tooth is cosmetic – to restore beauty to their smile. After a thorough examination of the damaged tooth, we can develop a treatment plan to meet all of these needs.
Obtaining treatment for a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth can save you from complications that require more extensive dental work in the future. The restorative care that we provide reinstates durable structure while also rebuilding natural beauty. Don’t wait. Schedule your visit to Holistic Dental Centers at our Cary location by calling (919) 865-0700, or in Cornelius at (704) 765-3150 .