Piece of front tooth broke off? or Piece of front tooth fell off?
Piece of front tooth broke off? Well you are not alone and we hear this story from time to time, “A tiny piece of my front tooth chipped off.” during a phone call. Or worse, someone calls very upset and anxious yelling a piece of front tooth broke off!” We can fix it!
Whether a piece of front tooth broke off or a piece of front tooth fell off we can fix it!
When a piece of front tooth breaks off it can be quiet alarming. We often get a frantic phone call from a mother that their child has broken a front tooth. This is not as bad as when a front tooth gets knocked out but it is still a very alarming event. The good news is that we can easily fix the broken tooth.
How do we fix the tooth when a piece of front tooth broke off?
If you bring us the piece of tooth AND it was actually your tooth and not just a piece of filling then we can rebond it. You can see this in both of the before and after pictures of patients the broke their front tooth. There are two stipulations where this is not possible. First of all this needs to be broken off from trauma and not broken because there is decay. Secondly it must actually be your tooth and not some old bonding composite.
- We etch the tooth and the broken piece of tooth.
- We place bonding agent on both the tooth and the broken piece of tooth.
- Next we might add a small layer of composite and then reposition the pieces like a puzzle.
- Finally the dentist cures the entire area.
So how do we fix the tooth when a piece of front tooth fell off and you do not have it?
We simply do a composite filling in the area, as long the chip is not too large, requiring a crown. If it is more like the entire tooth that breaks away then we may do something like SET.
A small piece of front tooth chipped off – what is the cost to fix?
Fortunately it is fairly cheap, for dentistry anyway, as long as the piece is not so big that it requires a crown or dental veneer. The fee will vary from office to office but you can find the approximate cost on fair health consumer.