Article written by Elite Dental Group.
A person’s tooth enamel is very strong, but a tooth can chip or crack if it has been stressed and is already weak due to wear and tear. If you suffer from a chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth it is important to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Not seeing a dentist can further weaken the tooth, which can cause decay, discoloration with a risk of extraction.
Until you can meet with a dentist, take care of a chipped or cracked tooth by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for discomfort. You should then rinse your mouth with saltwater to reduce the chance of infection. If the chip has caused a sharp edge, use paraffin wax or chewing gum to protect the tongue and cheek. Additionally, consume soft foods to avoid further damage.
A dentist’s method of treatment will depend on the severity of the damage. For a mildly chipped tooth, a dentist can fix the damage in a single visit. If the damage is severe, he may have to fill or bond the tooth. If the damaged tooth is visible when you smile, the dentist will have to use composite resin to fill the crack. A severely broken front tooth may additionally require veneers. Although veneers are expensive, the results are flawless.
The cost to repair a broken or chipped tooth can vary based on the treatment and the patient’s preferences with charges ranging from $100 to $500.
Dr. Andre Eliasian and his team at Elite Dental Group are trained to successfully handle all forms of oral surgery, tooth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve that perfect smile. Their clinic is well equipped with the most modern technology to offer its clients a pleasant dental visit. If you are in Glendale, Burbank, or neighboring cities please call for an appointment.