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 Chipped Tooth Repair

Chipping a tooth can happen to anyone! Chipping a front tooth can be especially traumatic because it is so visible when we smile. Composite (white tooth filling material) has come a long way and a chipped tooth repair can be almost imperceptible when done with care. If your tooth is chipped or you notice a piece of tooth in your mouth while eating, contact Salt Lake City Dental Center as soon as possible. If the chip is small, it may be able to be repaired with a simple filling. If the chip is extensive or left untreated, further work (like a root canal or a dental crown) may be necessary to repair the tooth.

 

Quick Facts
Duration

A chipped tooth repair can take anywhere from around 15-30 minutes, depending on the severity of the fracture.

Insurance

Insurance coverage varies depending on the insurance company and the plan that you have chosen. However, most of the time insurance does cover 70-90% of chipped tooth repair after you have met your yearly deductible. To get a more precise estimate we would be happy contact your insurance company and get a list of your covered benefits.

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FAQ
What should I do if I chip my tooth?
Don’t worry, there is hope! But if you do chip your tooth you should get to a dentist as quickly as possible. If you still have the piece of tooth that chipped off, put it in a baggie and bring it with you to your dental appointment. The dentist probably can’t put it back on, but it can be used as a template for rebuilding your chipped tooth. That way the repaired chipped tooth can look as natural as possible
How will the dentist fix my chipped tooth? Is it difficult to repair a chipped tooth?
If the chip is very small, the dentist might simply smooth the chip out so that there are no sharp edges. That way you can avoid cutting your lip or cheek and it won’t be so bothersome to your tongue. Depending on where the chip is located, this might be the easiest and least expensive option for repair. If the chip is near the front of the mouth where it can be seen, or if it is a little bit larger, composite bonding (see Aleena’s case above) will probably be the treatment of choice. Composite (white tooth filling) is an amazing material and can be used in many different dental situations, not just chipped tooth bonding. If done well, others will not even notice the repair. Another option may be a porcelain veneer, which could be the best esthetic option, depending on the location and extent of the chip. If the chip is quite large, it is possible that more extensive work will be needed to repair the tooth. If enough of the tooth is missing or the chip is very deep (worst case scenario), it might be necessary to perform a root canal on the tooth before building it back up, and then putting a crown on the tooth to hold together what remains of the tooth.
Is chipped tooth repair expensive? How much does it cost to fix a chipped tooth?
Basically, the smaller the chip, the more conservative the repair, and the less expensive the cost. The cost could anywhere from under one hundred dollars to several hundred depending on the size and location of the chipped tooth.
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