Cost of a Chipped Tooth What you’ll end up paying at the dentist office is ultimately based on how severe your chipped tooth is. For minor breaks that can be fixed with a dental filling, patients can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $150.
Prosthodontists specialize in dental procedures such as porcelain veneers , crowns , dental implants, bridge repair , dentures, and reconstructive dentistry. If your dental treatment plan includes replacing or repairing teeth, your dentist may recommend you visit this type of dental specialist.
Many drugstores sell emergency dental kits that include paraffin wax. You can soften some paraffin wax between your fingers and then place it over and around the chipped tooth to provide some protection. If you’re all out of paraffin wax, you can also use chewing gum — sugarless!
IS IT NECESSARY TO REPAIR A CHIPPED TOOTH ? Yes, you should visit your dentist to repair a chipped tooth as soon as possible. Though it might seem minor and painless, a chipped tooth is weaker and at a high risk of experiencing more chips or breaking. Too much structure loss may lead to the loss of a tooth .
If the damage is slight, a dentist may polish the surface or smooth a broken or jagged edge. This is called cosmetic contouring. They may also use dental bonding to fill in gaps and fissures. In bonding, dentists slightly abrade the tooth , dab on a conditioning liquid, and then apply tooth -colored composite resin.
Smaller chips are usually not problematic unless they are sharp, then they could possibly cut your mouth. However, if your chipped tooth is significant enough, it could lead to more serious problems such as pain, hot/cold sensitivity, bad breath, swollen glands, and even infected roots.
Genetic predispositions may mean that you have softer than normal enamel, meaning it is more easily broken than for most people. Genetic factors may also affect the characteristics of the layer just beneath the enamel — the dentin — and may also mean your teeth are more brittle than normal.
Unfortunately, chipped teeth do not grow back . Humans, as well as most other mammals, are diphyodont, which means we develop two sets of teeth in our lifetime.
If a chip in someone’s tooth is untreated and gets worse , it can lead to the following additional dental problems: tooth enamel damage, a tooth infection, a tooth abscess, extreme tooth sensitivity, tooth pain and even the loss of the tooth .
Treatments for a chipped , broken or cracked tooth include: gluing the fragment of tooth back on. a filling or a crown (a cap that completely covers the broken tooth ) root canal treatment for a badly broken tooth where the nerves are exposed.
It is possible for a tooth to repair itself if the damage is minimal. For example, if a tooth with a crack on the outer level and a minimal fracture line that does not cause pain may repair itself over time. The healing process is known as remineralization and refers to the minerals in our mouths.
There’s nothing to worry , a chipped tooth isn’t the end of the world. Even if you get a chipped tooth , book an appointment with your dentist as early as you can, as delaying the fix would result in nerve damage, ultimately resulting in the removal of the tooth .