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How to fix a broken or chipped tooth

What to do with a chipped tooth

I’ve chipped my tooth - what do I do?! Probably something both Google and dentists get asked every single day! If you grind your teeth or eat a lot of acid-producing foods, your teeth are more susceptible to becoming chipped as a result of the enamel breaking down. Also, an accident or impact can result in a chipped tooth. However, chips are generally considered a cosmetic issue, as there is more damage to the way the tooth looks rather than being a painful or serious issue. So what do you do?

How to fix a chipped tooth

If your chipped tooth is causing you discomfort or pain, you will need to see a dental professional. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more in-depth treatment.

Filling or bonding

One approach is to repair the damage with a filling. This is generally only used for the side or back teeth. If you have a chipped front tooth or your chip is on your immediately visible teeth, your dental professional may use a technique called bonding. Bonding requires the surface of the tooth to be etched with a gel or liquid in order to roughen it to prepare it to bond. A glue adhesive is then applied before a resin material is attached. This will then need to be shaped to appear more like a tooth, and a UV light will be applied to harden it.

How much to fix a chipped tooth

How much does it cost to fix a chipped tooth you wonder? Well, again it depends on the severity of the chip. It is generally considered a cosmetic issue so your insurance won’t likely cover treatment for chipped teeth.

As a rough estimate, without insurance cover it can cost $250-$2,000 to repair a chip on a single tooth, depending on whether a crown, cap, veneer or extraction is required in order to repair it.

How to fix a cracked tooth

If you have a cracked tooth which is a superficial crack - in other words, it is only the outer enamel of the tooth that is cracked and there is no sensitivity or pain - then it is often left untreated. However, surface cracks can be unsightly and ageing.

In some cases, your dentist will polish around the crack to ensure there are no rough edges, but other than opting for a veneer (costing thousands) you are unlikely to find an affordable solution to improve the appearance of a cracked tooth.

How to fix a broken tooth

A broken tooth occurs when a large piece of the tooth comes away. If you feel pain you must see your dentist straight away

The treatment recommended will depend on whether the inner core of your teeth is exposed. Common treatments include bonding, adding a crown or partial crown, and dental veneers. Worst case scenario - the tooth will need to be extracted.

Can instasmile cover a broken tooth, cracked tooth or chipped tooth?

Its important to remember that instasmile is a cosmetic aid and therefore will not address any underlying issues or treat problems - your dentist can help you with this. However, it will cover chips, cracks and broken teeth in an instant making it an affordable, convenient cosmetic solution to improve the appearance of your smile. Click Get Started below to see if you’re suitable.

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