If you’ve ever cracked or chipped a tooth, you know embarrassing and sometimes painful it can be. Whether you crack or chip your tooth through sport, exercise, while eating, or a traumatic event, Insight Dental in Marietta will be able to help.
Dental bonding and reshaping can be used to repair small chips and cracks, polish rough spots, and shape uneven teeth to restore a smooth, uniform appearance.
I chipped my tooth! Now what?
After chipping or cracking your tooth, you should immediately begin to look for a dentist near you and contact them for an appointment. Often, the damage may be worse than it appears. While you wait to see a dentist, examine the broken tooth for any signs of early rotting or decay. The tooth may be sensitive to touch and to hot or cold foods and beverages. You may not be able to chew food with the broken tooth. Try to eat lukewarm foods that are soft and drink beverages that are room temperature. Rest assured that chipping or cracking a tooth happens to many Americans throughout their lifetime. Don’t panic – Insight Dental will be able to help you!
How do you fix a chipped or broken tooth?
Fortunately, fixing chipped teeth is relatively easy. First, the dentist will examine the tooth and probably ask you how it was damaged. If there is no further damage to the root, the dentist will then match your tooth color to a composite filling that looks identical to your teeth. They will then bond the material to the chipped tooth with a dental curing light that is used for polymerization of light-based resin composites. After the composite filling is secured to your tooth, the dentist will then smooth and shape it to match the rest of your teeth. Usually, you cannot tell when someone has a composite tooth!
How long does dental bonding last?
A typical composite filling will last anywhere from 3-10 years before it needs to be replaced or touched up by your dentist.
How much does it cost to fix a chipped tooth?
It depends on the extent of the damage and your insurance, but a chipped tooth can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000 to fix. Review our list of insurance providers to see if yours is accepted, and then contact us to schedule your dental bonding appointment.