6 Ways to Save a Damaged Tooth

May is Save Your Tooth Month. It’s a good opportunity to remind you of the importance of seeking prompt attention if you suffer a dental injury or have pain. We prefer to use the most conservative method possible to save a damaged tooth. That’s only possible if damage is found and treated promptly.

Fortunately, you’ll find many methods of tooth repair at our office. Call us today at 301-328-1183 if your tooth needs attention in Silver Spring, MD. In the meantime, check out some of our restorative treatments:

  • Dental Fillings – Your dentist will use a tooth-colored composite resin filling to fix a cavity or other minor dental damage. Unlike a metal filling, a composite one blends easily into your smile for a natural look.
  • Inlays or Onlays – These restorations are larger than a filling but smaller than a crown. So they can work well for a midrange dental repair. 
  • Dental Crowns – A crown covers your entire tooth. So crowns can mend cracked, broken, or severely decayed teeth. It’s important to address this kind of damage ASAP, because it can create a way for bacteria to get inside your tooth. 
  • Root Canals – If pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, your only options are removing the tooth or getting a root canal. We typically recommend the root canal. Recovery is quicker and easier, and you won’t have to worry about replacing the tooth. Plus, you’ll keep your tooth root. The root provides stimulation that helps stop bone loss in your jaw. We can perform many root canals in-house but will refer you to a specialist if needed.
  • Dental Bridges – A bridge can replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row.
  • Dentures – Full or partial dentures can replace larger numbers of teeth.

If you need to replace a tooth or teeth, we suggest dental implants. You can replace one tooth with an implant/crown combination. Implant bridges or dentures can replace more teeth. Once placed in your jaw, they function like tooth roots. This means they not only keep your teeth firmly in place, they also help prevent bone loss and unwanted changes in your facial structure.

Need to save a damaged tooth? Call White Oak Dental at 301-328-1183 today.