There are many ways to break a tooth. For instance, it could get chipped due to a hard impact with an object or cracked biting down on hard foods. There’s some okay news, and some bad news: depending on the severity of the damage, your dentist will either need to perform a simple cosmetic procedure or have to go through with expensive structural repair. The cost and repair needs are determined by the proximity of the damage to the nerve or pulp of the tooth, but an individual dentist’s fees should also be considered.
So, what do you need to know about chipped or broken teeth? How much does it cost to have a dentist fix a damaged tooth? Let’s find out.
A broken tooth does not always hurt
Most people will not feel pain with minor tooth fractures. Because a broken tooth does not always cause pain, the only warning sign you could get is your tongue brushing across a sharp spot on your tooth. Other indications of a broken tooth are inconsistent discomfort and pain, constant pain, pain only when chewing or tooth sensitivity to hot or cold. Get in for an exam right away.
What to do immediately
Contact your family dentist as soon as you notice that your tooth is chipped, broken or fractured. He or she will want you to come in as soon as possible, because attending to the damage early can prevent further damage or infection that could lead to the tooth needing to be extracted.
If you are in pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, and whether you’re in pain or not, carefully rinse your mouth out with salt water to cleanse the area. For a broken tooth that has a sharp edge, cover it with some sugarless gum to protect your tongue and cheek. Don’t play with the broken tooth, and avoid eating or eat only eat soft foods until you can get to your dentist’s office.
The cost of fixing a chipped or broken tooth
Although the cost of fixing a chipped or broken tooth varies from one dentist to another, it depends a lot on the amount of tooth structure you’ve lost and the type of damage. Also, consider how much your insurance is willing to pay and if your dentist is including other services in the cost—like exams, x-rays and temporary crowns. Don’t avoid going to a dentist you don’t have insurance. Many offices offer payment plans these days.
On average, a minor chip with a rough surface can sometimes be polished to make it smooth again for anywhere between $100 and $200, while fillings start at around $200. For teeth with no nerve or pulp damage, crowns range from $850 to $1,200, and any repair with pulp damage (you’ll know because the pain will be immense) will likely require a root canal followed by a crown that costs $1,500 to $2,000 and up.
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