The enamel coating our teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean our teeth are immune to damage. Injury and poor oral hygiene may weaken enamel or damage the surface of our teeth. Thankfully, at The Silverstrom Group, we employ a variety of cosmetic and restorative solutions for repairing broken or fractured teeth. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss the importance of restoring cracked or chipped teeth. The Health Risks of Damaged Teeth When a tooth is damaged, the protective layer of enamel becomes compromised. This allows bacteria to reach the sensitive inner tooth structure, causing decay. Over time, the decay will continue to spread. Once the cavity reaches the inner pulp, the tooth may become infected or abscessed. Symptoms of a dental infection or abscess include: · Chronic toothaches · Tooth sensitivity · A foul tasting discharge · Swelling around the tooth · A sharp pain when biting down or chewing. Eventually, a root canal may be necessary to prevent the tooth from dying. If the infection kills the tooth, it will require extraction. If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, contact Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom right away. Restoring Smiles At The Silverstrom Group, we offer techniques for repairing broken teeth or dental fractures. With dental bonding, several layers of composite resin will be placed onto the tooth. The material can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will use a special light to cure the resin. As the material cures, yourLivingston NJ cosmetic dentists will sculpt and mold the tooth. Once the procedure is completed, your tooth will be returned to optimal health and function. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ Cosmetic Dentists Repairing a cracked or broken tooth helps protect your smile from tooth decay and infection. To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative procedures, talk to your Livingston NJ cosmetic dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will choose the best technique for restoring your tooth. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.