Sharp or jagged front teeth can usually be fixed with cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are broken, chipped or misshapen a dentist can file them down, bond your teeth to restore them or fill in gaps. He can also apply a veneer or cover the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. In some cases your dentist may recommend a full crown or cap over the misshapen teeth.
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Things you need
- Dental appointment
- Dental wax
Go to the dentist as soon as possible if you break your teeth in an accident. If a root is exposed in the teeth, you may lose the teeth permanently unless they are fixed soon. Salvage any parts of the broken teeth you can, and bring them with you to the dentist. If there are jagged or sharp edges to the broken teeth, apply a dental wax to the teeth until you can see your dentist so you don't injure your lips, gums or tongue.
Have your dentist file down and smooth out the jagged sharp edges of your teeth. Dental shaping or filing is the least expensive method of fixing sharp or jagged front teeth. Your dentist will use a file to smooth out all the jagged edges. This procedure works best with minor teeth flaws.
Have your dentist apply composite bonds to your teeth. Tooth bonding is the next affordable method of repairing flaws in your front teeth. The doctor matches the colour of your front teeth and fills in the misshapen areas of your teeth. The doctor is able to match the colour and shape of the missing pieces of teeth and adhere them to your existing teeth with a high-intensity bonding light. This method is very quick and pain free. Tooth bonding works best on small to medium flaws.
Ask your dentist if dental veneers will work for you. Dental veneers, also called tooth laminates, are made of porcelain and cover the front of your teeth--hiding the sharp jagged edges. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and orders the porcelain veneer from a dental lab. He will bond it to your teeth with the high-intensity bonding light. This will work well if your teeth are healthy and free of major decay.
Have your dentist cover the teeth with dental crowns if the teeth are decayed or too short to do a bonding or veneer. A dental crown is made of porcelain to match the colour of your teeth. Your dentist will take an impression of your existing teeth and order crowns from a dental lab to fit over them. If you need dental work done such as a root canal, he will do it before placing the new crown on top of the jagged, sharp teeth.
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