Don't Let a Missing Tooth Hold You Back in Life

3 Things To Know After Chipping A Tooth

by Wyatt Morgan

When it comes to emergency dental treatment, chipped teeth are a common complaint. It's easier than you may think to chip a tooth. It often happens due to injury or simply taking a bite of hard food. Dental decay can also make it more likely for you to end up with a chipped tooth. Not only can a chipped tooth be unsightly, but it can also be uncomfortable and even painful. Getting it fixed as soon as possible is key. Here are three things to know about chipped teeth.

Getting It Fixed ASAP Is Key

If you have a chipped tooth, you will likely want to make your way to a dental emergency center or to your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can take acetaminophen for the pain and cover the jagged edge of the chipped tooth with dental wax. Fixing a chipped tooth quickly is important because if you leave it as is, it can become infected or damaged further. This can mean that tooth extraction may be needed later on if the chipped tooth is not treated in a timely manner.

Your Options

There are a variety of ways that your dentist can fix a chipped tooth. The method they choose will depend on the extent of the damage and other factors. Dental bonding is typically used for small or uncomplicated chips and can last for up to a decade before needing to be replaced. For larger or very unsightly chips, dental veneers or dental crowns may be the best option. In the case of a chip that is severe or that goes beneath the gum line, more extensive repair may be needed. In this situation, dental implants are often the best option.

How Much Repair Costs

Another thing to consider when it comes to repairing a chipped tooth is how much it will cost to fix. Dental bonding will typically cost between $300 and $600 per tooth. Veneers and crowns are typically pricier options. Dental veneers cost, on average, between $500 and $1,100 per tooth while dental crowns typically range between $500 and $1,500 per tooth. Dental implants are typically the most expensive option for fixing a chipped tooth and are typically only used for severe chipping. Dental implants range in price between $2,400 and $3,000 per tooth.

After chipping a tooth, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First of all, you will want to seek attention for your chipped tooth as soon as possible. Failure to fix it quickly can lead to more damage and even tooth loss. There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to fixing a chipping tooth ranging from dental bonding to tooth implants. Repairing a chipped tooth can cost as little as a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. 

For more information or if you have a chipped tooth, contact a dentist.