Dental Restorations - Lafayette, IN

Do You Have a Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Restoration?

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The Root Cause of Broken Restorations

A broken dental restoration is cause for concern as they can be painful and unsightly. Dental restorations can break for a variety of reasons, such as from eating very hard foods or teeth grinding. Many times, a broken dental restoration in Lafayette, IN, is due to bad occlusion. Teeth that do not fit together correctly, even if they are straight, will not be properly absorbing the amount of pressure exerted during biting and chewing. This misapplied pressure and tension can lead to a dental restoration cracking, chipping, or breaking altogether.

Another dental restoration can be restored in its place, but without correcting the malocclusion, the same problem will continue, causing unnecessary pain, inconvenience, and dental expenses. A broken dental restoration affects both the function and aesthetics of the smile. By treating occlusion issues first, cosmetic treatments like dental restoration in Lafayette, IN, are much more likely to be successful long-term.

Causes of Damaged Dental Restorations

  • Misaligned bite
  • Teeth grinding
  • Age of restoration
  • Poor installation
  • Bad oral habits
  • Eating hard foods
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Improving Occlusion to Preserve Restorations

The first step in assuring a dental restoration will last long-term is creating a healthy and functional foundation. If bad occlusion is thought to be present, we can verify this with the T-Scan™, a digital analysis device that provides 3D images of the biting force and timing of each tooth. By adjusting the points of bad contact between the teeth, a proper occlusion can be reached without the need for more complex intervention. This treatment is minimally invasive, though we do offer sedation for dental anxiety when necessary. If teeth have bad occlusion due to misalignment, Invisalign® may be used to create harmony and balance between the teeth. Invisalign is effective at correcting issues that can lead to teeth grinding, which can also affect the long-term security of a dental restoration. If you have a broken dental restoration, it is best to make an appointment as soon as possible!

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