- Do you have a chipped tooth that is affecting
your smile in all the wrong ways?
Well, you're in luck.
Today, we're gonna be talking about
how do dentists fix chipped teeth?
Dr. Tozzi here today, and again, we're gonna be explaining
how do dentists fix a chipped tooth?
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Okay, so how do people chip teeth?
Well, there are certainly many ways this can happen,
but the most common ways that I find
is number one, trauma, so a car accident, bike accident.
You get drunk and you fall and you chip a tooth, whatever.
Another way you can chip a tooth is chewing on ice.
Very bad habit, please do not start this habit.
I see it all the time, and I know it's a hard habit
to break, but please, your dentist and your teeth
will thank you.
Do not chew on ice.
The third way that I find patients chipping teeth
is they are enjoying a movie, eating some popcorn,
and they chomp into an unpopped popcorn kernel.
Those can be deadly for your teeth.
Let's talk about enamel.
When you chip a tooth, you can just chip the enamel off,
which usually you won't even feel.
Enamel, oddly, is the strongest material in your body.
So a lot of times, a patient will chip a tooth
just strictly in the enamel, and they won't even notice
until they look in the mirror,
and part of their tooth is missing.
Not a good look.
If you chip a tooth and it's a little bit more
of an extensive chip, such as caused by trauma
or a fall or something like that, a lot of times,
it'll chip into the underlayer called dentin.
And sometimes, if it's really bad, it'll go into the nerve,
and that would require additional treatments to fix it.
So let's talk about the four most common ways
you can repair a chipped tooth.
We'll start off from least severe to most severe.
The first way you can repair a chip in the tooth,
if it's just a tiny little chip, a lot of times,
we can just go ahead and just kinda polish the rough edge
down, and no one will ever know anything happened.
The second way we can repair a chipped tooth is,
if it's a little bit more extensive, we will go ahead
and put some white composite bonding and polish it down,
and hopefully you won't be able to see
that anything's ever happened to that tooth.
The third way that we'll go ahead and repair a chipped tooth
is, if it's a little bit more extensive, and there's not
enough tooth structure left to support
just a white composite filling, we'll go ahead
and do a full coverage crown to go ahead
and keep that tooth healthy long-term,
keep the strength there, keep the integrity there,
and be able to function with that tooth for years to come.
The fourth way that we can repair a tooth is,
especially if it's more in the front, is a porcelain veneer.
And, again, that will replace the missing tooth structure,
and then go ahead and keep that tooth healthy long-term.
All right, now, the big question is well how much
is it gonna cost to get my chipped tooth repaired?
Well, there's a couple variables involved.
Number one, how bad is the chip, meaning can we do it
by polishing it, can we repair it by doing just bonding?
Does it need a crown, does it need a root canal?
There's all these other things that come into play.
The other thing that you need to consider
is it also depends on the area that you live.
You know, somewhere like San Francisco
is probably gonna cost a lot more to repair it compared
to maybe a small town in another part of the country.
So I would say, on average, you're looking
at $100 to maybe two to $3,000,
again, based on the variables that I mentioned,
the area that you live and how extensive the damage is.
So should you find yourself with a busted front tooth,
back tooth, whatever, go ahead, consult with your dentist,
see what your options are, see what price range
you're looking at, and if you don't feel comfortable
with their recommendation, it never hurts
to get a second opinion.
I encourage my patients to do that all the time
if they're not confident in the information
that I'm telling them.
It never hurts to have more information
when you're making a decision about your own body.
Also, if you find yourself in this situation,
feel free to shoot me a DM, snap a picture of your tooth,
and I can also give you some insight.
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