Orlando Cracked & Chipped Tooth Repair

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Imagine chewing on a piece of ice, or hard candy, when suddenly you notice something hard in your mouth that doesn’t seem to melt or dissolve. You then get a sick feeling to your stomach when you realize what it actually is- a piece of tooth. Although tooth enamel is the most mineralized and hardest tissue in the body, its strength does have limits. If you fall over, bite on something hard or grind your teeth in your sleep, you may find that your tooth has been chipped. This can be painful, but luckily there are ways that you can fix the tooth while getting to the root of the issue.


If your tooth is broken, fractured or chipped, then you need to visit us as soon as you possibly can. If you don’t, then you may find that your tooth becomes infected, or decayed over time. This can cause you to lose the tooth, which is the last thing that you want.


If you want to care for your tooth immediately after it breaks, then rinse your mouth with some saltwater. If your tooth is painful then you can take some over the counter pain relief medication. If your break has a sharp or jagged edge, then you can cover it up with some sugarless chewing gum. This will stop it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your lip. If you do have to eat then try and avoid biting down on the tooth and eat some soft food until you can get an appointment with Dr. Patel and the Dynamic Smile Design team.


There are various options available if you want to get your cracked or broken tooth repaired. Find out more about each below:


If you have chipped off a very small part of your tooth enamel, then it’s possible that Dr. Patel can repair the damage via a tooth filling. If the repair is to the front of your tooth, or if you can see it when you smile then Dr. Patel at Dynamic Smile Design will use a procedure called dental bonding, which utilizes a composite resin to fix the issue. Bonding is a procedure which does not normally require the tooth to be numbed. Dr. Patel will first roughen the surface of the tooth by using a gel or liquid. This will help the bonding material to adhere. After this, Dr. Patel will then apply some adhesive to the tooth, before adding colored resin. After shaping the resin to look like the tooth, we will then use a UV light to make the whole finish look natural. This is the most common chipped tooth repair.


If a very large piece of the tooth has broken off, or if there is some decay then your Dr. Patel may need to file away at the tooth and then place a dental crown. This is designed to protect the tooth as well as improving the appearance overall. Permanent crowns can be made out of ceramic, resin, metal or porcelain fused to metal. All-metal crowns are the strongest, but porcelain and resin crowns can be made so that they look identical to the tooth being treated. If the entire top of the tooth appears to be broken, but the root is intact then Dr. Patel may perform root canal therapy. A post will be put into the canal, and it will build a structure at which the crown can be applied. After this, we will then cement the crown. Getting a crown will normally take two visits. If this is the case, then our team will take an X-ray to make sure that the roots and the bone to the tooth is structurally sound. If nothing is affected then we will numb the area and remove enough of the tooth to make room for the crown. Dr. Patel will then use putty to make an impression of the tooth which is receiving the crown, as well as the tooth underneath, where you bite down. The impressions will be sent to the lab and the crown will be made. Your second visit will be two weeks later in most cases. Dr. Patel can apply a temporary crown during this time, before the new crown is cemented into place.


If your front tooth is chipped or broken, then a dental veneer can easily make it look healthy again. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain, or composite that will cover the entire front of your tooth. This can be thought of as being a false nail which covers your fingernail. With the veneer, you will have a thicker section which replaces the broken section of the tooth. When your tooth is being prepared, Dr. Patel will remove minimal amounts of enamel from the surface. She will then make an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to a laboratory. When the veneer is ready, usually in a week or two, the tooth surface will be etched with a liquid. We will then mix some dental cement and add it to the tooth. A special light will then activate the chemicals which make up the cement to harden it.


If a tooth or a break is big enough and the pulp is exposed, then you run the risk of infection. The pulp is in the heart of the tooth and it contains blood vessels and nerves. If your tooth is sensitive to heat, changes color or hurts, then there’s a high chance that the pulp is being affected. If you leave this then your tooth can become infected and will need extracting. The procedure for this will mean removing the diseased pulp and then cleaning the tooth. The tooth will then be sealed. Most root canals are not any more painful than having a filling.

If you are in need of dental treatment, or if you have a tooth which is causing problems then our dental team will do everything they can to get you scheduled for treatment as soon as possible. We pride ourselves on the service we provide to every one of our patients. You can contact us by phone or by email.


What Our Other Patients Are Saying

Tracey Harrison
Tracey Harrison
April 26, 2023
I love Dynamic Smile! Dr. Patel is awesome, so kind, so smart, compassionate and always goes the extra mile for her patients. Eileen, my hygienist is amazing! Everyone there, I feel so spoiled! Even my daughter said, “Wow! It’s like me Peds dentist who spoiled me with games and videos, did not even know they were working on my teeth! But on the adult side now! Love you all!
Ann Recatto
Ann Recatto
March 29, 2023
Dynamic Smile is the best! The entire team is amazing. I actually love going to the dentist.
Eric J
Eric J
March 28, 2023
I love the new folks there and their care, service, and attitude are the best ever! Tina gave me my best cleaning ever and Dr. Patel was kind and honest - she said lets watch a few things. Of course no visit could go unpunished a bit... floss more!!!
Emmanuel Diaz
Emmanuel Diaz
March 23, 2023
This is the best dentist I’ve ever been too. Everyone is super nice & Dr. Patel is awesome! They really care about you as a patient and treat you like family!!
Scott Mallwitz
Scott Mallwitz
March 21, 2023
Amazing practice - welcoming staff, skillful technicians and thoughtful, compassionate care. A wonderful experience.
Natalie Laing
Natalie Laing
March 15, 2023
Dr. Patel designed the most beautiful and realistic restorations for me. The entire staff is professional, patient and kind. They make sure you are comfortable during the entire procedure. They even created a Playlist of me favorite music for me to listen to during the procedure. Dr. Patel even put lipstick on me so I could be sure I was happy with my new smile. The whole procedure was a great experience from beginning to end. I'll be returning as a patient for the rest of my dental care.😍😍😍
Anthony Sims
Anthony Sims
March 10, 2023
Dr Patel and her staff are the best in the business! My Invisalign results are amazing!
Dr. Ruth D Edwards
Dr. Ruth D Edwards
February 28, 2023
DSD has taken care of my teeth for over 20 years, primarily Dr. Puig. Welcoming environment, customer oriented staff, skilled dental professionals. Looking forward to working with Dr. Patel.

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