You can chip a tooth for a variety of reasons, such as sustaining trauma from an accident, biting something hard, or even having part of a tooth seem to break off at random. When this happens, you'll likely be looking for a way to fix that tooth so it looks normal once again. Here are three methods that can fix that tooth.
A cheap and fast way to fix your chipped tooth is with dental bonding. You can expect to pay as low as $250 to have a tooth fixed with dental bonding, which is why it is so popular among the methods you can use.
That said, bonding may not be possible for all chips. Your dentist will be able to tell you if bonding is an option and move forward with the procedure if you decide to get it done.
One thing to be aware of is that dental bonding can be quite effective, but it is not a permanent solution. It's possible that the bonding material will break off the tooth over time, causing you to get the tooth bonded again. You will need to be careful to not chew on hard objects, like popcorn kernels, and can easily damage the repaired tooth.
Another option is to use a dental veneer made out of porcelain to cover the damage to the tooth. This is great if the tooth is still healthy, since the porcelain used for the veneers is a very strong material.
The process involves shaving off a thin layer of enamel from the tooth, which will cause the surface to be rough and make it easier for the veneer to attach. Once on, the veneer cannot be removed on your own.
While there is always a possibility that veneers can break, you will find that it will last longer than dental bonding. Expect to pay around $250 for a single dental veneer.
The most dependable option will be to get a dental crown that sits on top of the tooth. It will simulate what a real tooth looks like, giving it some much needed stability and strength for chewing food. Crowns made out of porcelain can be expensive, starting around around $500, but but they last a long time.
If you care for the crown, there is the possibility that it will last forever. This is the ideal option if you are missing a large part of the tooth that needs to be replaced. For more information, contact a dentist to find out what dental treatment services they provide.