Here's What It Will Cost You to Fix a Broken Tooth
Even a strong man can’t lift all the weight in the world. The same is true for your typically very-strong teeth. While your dental enamel enables you to bite into an apple, decay or trauma hit at just the right angle can lead to a broken, chipped or cracked tooth.
If you experience a broken tooth, the first steps are to stabilize and reinforce the tooth to ensure the jagged edges will not cut or harm the delicate inner linings of your mouth or cut your tongue.
Your goals should be to keep your tooth as pain-free and any irregular areas covered as much as possible. Rinse your mouth with salt water to ease pain and take an over-the-counter pain relieving medication, such as ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation and pain. Icing your jaw with a cloth-covered bag of ice for 10 minute time intervals can help as well. If possible, keep from eating hard foods that could potentially further weaken your tooth structure in favor of mashed potatoes, gelatin, oatmeal and other soft foods until you are able to seek dental treatments.
Taking a piece of paraffin wax, dental cement or sugarless chewing gum and covering the affected tooth can help protect you from further injury as well.
Estimating Broken Tooth Costs
The costs for fixing your broken tooth depend upon how severely your tooth is injured.
Minor Injuries and Broken Tooth Costs
What they look like: Minor broken tooth injuries include breaking off a small piece of tooth enamel or a lower part of your tooth. This broken tooth type may not even be highly visible unless a person is looking closely at your smile.
Potential treatments: Your dentist can evaluate your broken tooth to determine the best approach. One option may be a filling, particularly when the injury is to one of your back teeth.
Bonding is another option where tooth-colored material is glued onto the broken area and filed to make the tooth appear more natural. Your dentist will “cure” or harden the glue using a special light that secures the bonded material to your tooth.
What it will cost you: Fillings vary in price depending upon the filling type utilized. Filling materials range from metals to resin to porcelain. The average costs of metal fillings include $75 to $145 while more-expensive composite resin fillings are $84 to $200, according to the website of Manish Chopra, BDS, DMD, FADI. Resin fillings tend to look more natural because they are tooth-colored materials.
Tooth-bonding procedure costs depend upon how much time and materials are used. Dental bonding can cost $100 to $400 per tooth, according to the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics. If the treatment is deemed medically necessary, your insurance may help to cover a portion or all of the repair costs.
Moderate Injury and Broken Tooth Costs
What they look like: Moderate tooth injuries include a broken cusp, or a broken-off point on the back molars of your teeth. These injuries are more noticeable than a minor injury, yet do not typically cause severe or intense pain a more serious injury could be.
Potential treatments: A broken cusp is often repaired via an onlay or dental crown, depending upon the tooth’s appearance and your desired result. A crown is like a hat for your tooth. Your dentist files down the surrounding tooth material and takes a mold of your teeth to send to a laboratory so a new crown can be created. Your dentist may place a temporary crown so there will not be a noticeable difference with your missing tooth. An onlay is something between a filling and a crown and is sometimes referred to as an indirect filling. Onlays replace the cusps or top portion of your tooth where you bite down. Onlays are highly stable, durable and can protect a weakened tooth.
What it will cost you: The cost of an onlay depends upon the types of materials worked on, where the broken tooth is and the skill of the dentist performing the proceduce. Onlays can cost between $350 and $1,500. Crown prices can vary based on similar criteria and tend to cost around $945.27, according to the American Dental Association.
Severe Injury and Broken Tooth Costs
What they look like: A severely broken tooth will break so significantly that the nerve will be affected, making a broken tooth very painful. Decay can lead to an increased risk you will experience a severe tooth injury because your tooth can be so damaged, it easily breaks.
Potential treatments: A broken or chipped tooth can be repaired via a dental veneer in some instances, particularly when the affected tooth is one of your front teeth. A veneer acts like a cover to replace a broken tooth and is commonly made from porcelain or resin. A severely broken tooth can necessitate a root canal, which involves exposing the damaged nerves and pulp, removing them and sealing the affected area to prevent further decay and tissue death. If the tooth is so damaged it cannot be saved, your dentist can recommend putting in a dental implant, which is a replacement tooth anchored into your jawbone. The result is a permanent tooth designed to closely resemble your surrounding teeth.
What it will cost you: Porcelain veneers can vary in cost based on the materials used. Porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth while composite veneers cost between $250 and $1,500 per tooth, according to the Cleveland Clinic. While the cost may seem high, the veneer typically lasts between 10 and 15 years. The cost of dental crowns can vary based on material used and dentist expertise. The cost typically ranges from $800 to $1,500, according to the Cleveland Clinic. A single dental implant can cost anywhere from $900 to $3,000.