Broken or Chipped Tooth?

Information on treatment options, associated fees and booking links

IF YOU'VE CHIPPED A TOOTH, IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE AND SEEK DENTAL CARE. HERE ARE THE STEPS YOU SHOULD FOLLOW IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THIS SITUATION:

  1. SAVE THE TOOTH FRAGMENT:

    If you can locate the chipped-off fragment of the tooth, carefully retrieve it and keep it in a clean container filled with milk or saliva. In some cases, your dentist may be able to reattach the fragment, depending on the size and condition.\

  2. CONTROL BLEEDING (IF APPLICABLE):

    If the chipped tooth is accompanied by bleeding, gently bite down on a clean piece of gauze or a tea bag to apply pressure and help stop the bleeding. Maintain this pressure for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding subsides.

  3. REDUCE SWELLING (IF APPLICABLE):

    If there is any swelling present, you can apply a cold compress or an ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to the affected area on your cheek or lip. This will help reduce swelling and alleviate any discomfort.

  4. TAKE OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN RELIEF (IF NECESSARY):

    If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed on the packaging. Avoid placing aspirin directly on the tooth or gums, as it may cause tissue irritation.

  5. CALL YOUR DENTIST:

    Contact Victorian Dental Group on 90885808 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Describe the situation and provide details about the chipped tooth. The dental team will guide you on the next steps and arrange a suitable time for your visit.

  6. VISIT YOUR DENTIST:

    When you visit your dentist, they will evaluate the extent of the chip and determine the best course of action. They may take dental X-rays to assess any underlying damage and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Remember, prompt dental care is essential to prevent further complications and restore the tooth’s appearance and function. Your dentist will recommend suitable treatments based on the severity of the chip, which may include dental bonding, veneers, dental crowns, or other restorative procedures. Read below some examples of how an appointment to fix a chipped tooth could go.

In the meantime, be cautious with the affected tooth. Avoid biting or chewing on hard or sticky foods that may cause additional damage. Stick to softer foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth to minimize stress on the chipped tooth.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR A KNOCKED OUT TOOTH?

WHEN YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A CHIPPED TOOTH AT OUR MALVERN-BASED CLINIC, HERE'S AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN DURING AN APPOINTMENT:

  1. EVALUATION AND EXAMINATION:

    Upon your arrival at Victorian Dental Group, the dentist or dental professional will examine the chipped tooth and evaluate the severity of the damage. They will assess the size and location of the chip, as well as any potential impact on the tooth’s structure and function.

    Fees Typically Associated with an initial examination of a Chipped or Broken tooth – CODE 013 LIMITED EXAMINATION $65

  2. X-RAYS:

    In some cases, the dentist may take X-rays to assess the underlying tooth structure and ensure there are no fractures or other hidden damage that may not be visible to the naked eye.

    Fees Typically Associated – CODE 022 Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure $55

  3. TREATMENT OPTIONS:

    Based on the evaluation, and that the tooth is indeed restorable, the dentist will discuss the available treatment options with you. The specific treatment will depend on the size of the chip, the location of the tooth, and your preferences. Whilst your practitioner will make every effort to restore your tooth at the time of your appointment, this may not be possible as the treatment option may require additional time.

    Common treatment options for a chipped tooth include:

      • Dental FillingFor minor chips, dental bonding or filling may be recommended. The dentist will apply a tooth-coloured composite resin to the chipped area, shaping and polishing it to match the natural appearance of the tooth. Fees typically associated with a Dental Filling range depending on the size and complexity of the filling, with an approximate range of $200-$600. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

      • Dental Veneers: If the chip is more significant or affects the front teeth, dental veneers may be suggested. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth, covering the chipped area and improving the tooth’s appearance. Veneers usually require two to three visits. You can learn more about Dental Veneers here

        Fees typically associated with a Dental Veneers are approximately $2200 per tooth. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

      • Dental Crowns: For larger chips or cases where the tooth’s structural integrity is compromised, a dental crown may be recommended. A dental crown is a custom-made cap that covers the entire tooth, providing protection and restoring its shape, function, and appearance. Crown placement typically involves two to three visits.

        Fees typically associated with a Dental Crown are approximately $2200 per tooth. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

  4. PROCEDURE:

    Once you and the dentist have agreed on the treatment plan, discussions will be made then about what subsequent appointments are needed. Your dentist may place a temporary restoration on the tooth if considered necessary.

    Fees typically associated with a temporary dental filling are approximately $150 per tooth.

This article is designed to be for information purposes only and does not substitute or replace the advice of a registered health practitioner. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment. Please view the site Disclaimer for more information.

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