Need To Repair A Tooth Chip? Get A Natural Looking Repair
If you have a small chip in your tooth and you want to get it fixed but you don't want to have a lot of work done, there are some different options you can consider to repair it. You'll want to see a dentist that specializes in cosmetic repairs, to ensure that they know how to fix the tooth so it looks natural. The type of chip, location in the mouth, and insurance you have may affect which option you want to choose for your repairs.
Using dental bonding to fix the tooth is one of the most practical ways to fix the chips. You want to consider dental bonding for the following benefits:
- Have the chip repaired in a single appointment
- Restore the natural tooth
- Low cost
- Minimal discomfort or pain
The severity of the chip or damage and the location can alter if you're able to bond a synthetic piece over the tooth, or in the chip, and if you can repair it with bonding.
A set of porcelain veneers to fix the chip will allow the teeth to look normal again, but will require all the teeth be filed down. This means that veneers will be needed always, or another covering, after the first set are put on. The veneer is a synthetic tooth that goes over the existing tooth. The veneers won't require surgery, but some discomfort can occur with the preparatory work for the veneers. The veneers can be $1,000 per tooth.
If the chip is small you don't want to replace the entire healthy tooth, and an implant would require that the entire tooth be extracted. The implant would replace the natural tooth with a full synthetic tooth that is drilled into the bone of the mouth, and then it will need to be tightened over time. This would be the most expensive of the options, and it would take the longest to have done.
If you are looking for a way to repair the chip and you want your tooth to look natural when you leave the dentist, these are your three best options. Talk with your dentist (like Richard M Holmes DMD PA) and your insurance company to see what the most affordable option will be, to make sure that you can afford to have the repair that you want. Get the repair done right away so the chip doesn't crack the rest of the tooth or get any worse.