Worn teeth, broken fillings and broken teeth can all be signs of an underlying functional dental problem. Charlotte, NC dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp has more than two decades experience working with patients who have complicated dental issues. Taking a personalized approach, Dr. Van Gurp will determine the underlying cause for your dental concern and create a treatment plan to restore health, beauty and function to your smile.
What Causes Broken Teeth and Tooth Wear
In some instances, an accident or injury is to blame for broken teeth. Dr. Van Gurp can fix this type of problem quickly with treatment options such as tooth bonding, veneers or crowns.
Patients who have problems with teeth that break repeatedly, most likely have an underlying functional problem such as malocclusion or TMJ disorder. Teeth grinding may also be a cause for worn or chipped 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. Dr. Van Gurp is a Charlotte 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. Dr. Van Gurp 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 relatively simple procedure, typically completed in a single dental visit.