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Everything You Need to Know About Chipped Teeth

Chipping your teeth can cause pain and discomfort. It can cause sharp and jagged teeth that can injure your tongue or other parts of your mouth. The best thing you can do is to see your dentist and have it repaired. However, going to the dentist without an appointment may not be possible. “What to do with a chipped tooth?”, you might ask. Find out here!

What Causes Chipped Teeth?

You might be wondering what caused your chipped tooth. There are several possible reasons, including the following:

  • Bruxism or intense grinding of teeth
  • Chewing hard foods like ice and candies
  • Not wearing a mouthguard when doing extreme physical activities
  • Accidents or falls

What Weakens Your Teeth?

When you practice proper oral care, you can be certain that you are less likely to chip your teeth. However, there are many things that can weaken your teeth’s enamel. Here are some of them:

  • Old age
  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay
  • Teeth grinding
  • Heartburn
  • Sugar
  • Acidic foods

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth?

Fixing your chipped tooth at home isn’t recommended by professionals. However, there are some chipped tooth remedies that you can do at home if seeing a dentist immediately is not possible.

If you chip or break a tooth, American Dental Association advises you to wash your mouth with warm water. If it bleeds, put pressure on it right away. If inflammation occurs, use a cold compress to minimize swelling.

If the whole tooth came out of its socket, wash it with water and try putting the tooth back in its place. Avoid using any strong solution. If that doesn’t work, your best option is to soak the tooth in water, a glass of milk, or saline solution. After that, go to the dentist immediately.

You may experience discomfort. You can relieve the pain by gargling warm water. If it’s no longer tolerable, you can also take some over-the-counter pain relievers, but be mindful not to exceed the recommended dosage. You can also give natural remedies a try.

What Are the Treatment Options for a Chipped Tooth?

If you’re wondering about the possible chipped tooth repairs that a dentist can do, we’ve listed a few to give you an overview. Note that the treatment options are different for everyone. It will vary depending on the location, severity, and symptoms.


This might be doable if you put the broken tooth in a glass of milk. Milk is full of calcium that can save the tooth, making the reattachment possible. Time is of the essence here. That’s why you should go to the dentist straight away.


A porcelain veneer may be your best option in terms of longevity. The dentist will imprint a copy of the tooth and send it to a laboratory to create the exact veneer. A temporary one may be used while waiting for the permanent one. Expect that your dentist will have to smoothen out some of your enamel for the veneer to fit perfectly.


Another treatment option for a chipped tooth is dental bonding. This is typically done with porcelain or plastic. Your dentist will mold the material to the shape of your tooth, then use ultraviolet light to harden it. Once done, your dentist will use a drill to further shape the bonded tooth to perfectly match your bite.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Chipped Tooth?

The expense will vary depending on various factors, including:

  • Your location
  • Treatment option
  • The severity of the chip
  • The extent of the damage

Here’s how much you could spend for each procedure:

  • $100 for tooth smoothing.
  • $50 to $350 for a dental check-up for tooth reattachment. The tooth reattachment itself may not be as expensive.
  • $100 for a minimal tooth bonding procedure and up to $1000 for more extreme cases.
  • $500 to $2000 for dental onlays or veneers. The cost will depend on the material and if other dental procedures are needed before your dentist can proceed.

Note that you can still spend a little less if your dentist accepts any health insurance. Don’t hesitate to ask them about this.

If you are dealing with chipped teeth and you want them fixed, Century Dental has the finest dentist in St. Pete Beach, FL. You won’t have to worry any longer about pain and how you look. We can restore your smile and confidence right away! What are you waiting for? Book an appointment with us now, and we’ll see what we can do for you!

Dr. Abdullah M. Allawnha

Dr. Abdullah M. Allawnha

Dr. Allawnha, born in New Orleans and raised in Windsor, Canada, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor. He worked as an ER nurse in Detroit, Michigan, before moving to Morgantown, West Virginia, to become a dentist. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry while still working as a nurse until he graduated.

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