Repairing your smile doesn’t just boost your confidence–it restores your natural chewing and speaking function, too. That’s why repairing damaged teeth and appliances is integral to maintaining your oral health.
Why do I need to repair damaged teeth?
An untreated chipped, fractured, or cracked tooth is vulnerable to painful infections. Once a tooth is structurally compromised, it is prone to happening more often. And if an infection permeates the tooth root, then a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary. Therefore, Dr. Yuen recommends repairing a damaged tooth as soon as possible.
What are my options?
When it comes to repairing damaged teeth, several procedures may be needed, depending on the severity of the damage, including:
- Dental fillings: Using a durable composite resin material, our dentists can quickly reinforce the natural structure of your tooth by filling in cavities, chips, fractures, or cracks.
- Dental crowns: If the damage is too extensive for a dental filling, then Dr. Yuen will use a dental crown–or cap–to cover the damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be made from durable porcelain and are color-matched to your natural teeth for a flawless smile. However, our dental team may suggest gold crowns for your back teeth.
- Root canal therapy: Because it is always our dentists’ goal to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, a root canal may be necessary to salvage your tooth and oral health. Patients who need a root canal will be given local anesthesia, but they may also be given additional comfort services, such as oral sedatives or nitrous oxide. This can help relieve infection and pain in the tooth.
- Tooth extraction: If the damage is severe, then it may not be possible for Dr. Yuen to save your tooth. In this case, a tooth extraction is the best option to restore your oral health, and our skilled dental team will discuss replacement options such as implants, bridges, or dentures.
Why do I need to repair my dentures?
If your dentures are cracked, broken, or loose, then it’s imperative that you let our qualified dental professionals repair or adjust your appliance. Trying to repair or adjust your dentures by yourself may result in irritation that damages the delicate tissues of your mouth. Furthermore, using products that aren’t dentist-approved (like super glue) may be toxic and harmful to your health.
What are my options?
Depending on what issues you’re having with your dentures, we may recommend the following options:
- Simple denture repair: If the damage is minimal, our team may be able to repair your appliance with a strong, dental-grade resin.
- Soft reline: Ill-fitting dentures may be temporarily fixed with a soft reline that will last approximately 6-8 weeks.
- Hard reline: A permanent relining ensures that your dentures will fit snuggly for years to come.
- Rebasing: The pink portion of your dentures is known as the base. Replacing a worn or damaged denture base guarantees a comfortable fit for several years.
- Clasp adjustments: If your partial dentures are loose, then a simple clasp adjustment will help stabilize your appliance.
- Framework repair: If a clasp breaks from your partial dentures, then framework repair will be necessary to replace it.
- Replacing missing teeth: Sometimes, a false tooth on your dentures may break off or go missing. In this case, we can help you replace that missing tooth so you can keep smiling confidently.
Scheduling a Tooth or Dentures Repair Appointment
At Castro Valley Dental Home, we consider damage to your teeth or dentures a dental emergency. That’s why we encourage you to schedule an appointment to repair damaged teeth and dentures as soon as possible. Don’t delay–call our compassionate team immediately at 510-886-3888.