Dental trauma can originate from a wide variety of events, such as an episode of bruxism, biting down on a hard substance, or a blow to the mouth during a sporting event. Nevertheless, regardless of how a tooth becomes damaged, there are a number of dental applications designed to restore its looks and functionality. Here are a few of them:

Dental Crowns

A crown offers extensive protection and aesthetic restoration for a damaged tooth. The crown covers the entire area of the tooth that is exposed in the oral cavity. As a result, if a tooth has been cracked, chipped, or even discolored by trauma, the damage is fully concealed by the crown.

To ensure that the crown fits the patient's mouth properly, the device is created from a mold of the oral cavity. Additionally, the material of a tooth-colored crown can be customized to match the natural color of the patient's undamaged teeth.

Crowns are appropriate for minor or major damage to a tooth. Even if only a small portion of healthy tooth material is left, a crown can often be applied.

Dental Veneers

Unlike dental crowns, dental veneers only cover the front portion of the tooth's natural crown. Thus, although the veneers do provide structural support, they do not offer the engulfing fortification of a dental crown. Still, dental veneers can completely transform the appearance of the teeth, while only requiring the removal of a small amount of enamel.

Before a veneer is attached to the surface of a damaged tooth, a bit of tooth material is removed to allow the veneer to sit flush with the patient's natural bite line. Since the veneer is microthin, only a minute amount of tooth enamel is removed.

Once a veneer is in place, it is considered a permanent fixture in the patient's mouth. Nevertheless, a damaged veneer can be removed and replaced by a dentist as needed. 

Dental veneers, like crowns, are created from an impression of the patient's mouth to ensure a great fit. Also, a resin or porcelain veneer can be tinted to match the hue of a patient's other teeth, or if a full set of veneers is needed, the devices can be selected in a white shade that is brighter than natural tooth enamel.

Since dental discoloration that is caused by trauma does not respond to chemical whitening processes, veneers and crowns are great options to beautify the darkened teeth. 

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