How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Chipped Tooth?

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Chipped Tooth?
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Table of Contents

  1. Repairing a Chipped Tooth
  2. Tooth Bonding Costs
  3. Veneer Costs
  4. Crown Costs
  5. Dental Implant Costs
  6. Payment Options for Chipped Tooth Repair
  7. References

It can cost $300 to $5,000 to fix a chipped tooth, depending on the method used to repair the tooth. Dental bonding is the cheapest option, while an implant is the most expensive option.

There are many ways you can chip your tooth, such as trauma to the face or mouth, chewing on hard foods, or poor oral hygiene. The severity of the chipped tooth and its location will often dictate the method used to fix it. Since there are several methods for repairing a chipped tooth, each one varies in cost.

The most common methods for repairing a chipped tooth are dental bonding and veneers. More extensively chipped teeth may require a crown or even a dental implant as a last resort.

There are several different types of payment methods available. Dental insurance can help to offset the overall cost if the chip repair is medically necessary.

Repairing a Chipped Tooth

The extent of your chipped tooth can impact the type of treatment and repair option that is needed. In general, there are four main methods for repairing a chipped tooth:

  1. Dental bonding
  2. Veneers
  3. Crowns
  4. Dental Implants

Dental bonding is typically the least expensive, quickest, and easiest way to repair a chipped tooth, with veneers being next. Crowns are used for more extensively chipped or broken teeth when the entire top needs to be replaced. Dental implants are required when the entire tooth needs to be replaced.

Costs of Chipped Tooth Treatments

Tooth Bonding Costs

Dental bonding involves putting a tooth-colored composite resin material onto the tooth and using a specialized light to set it. This typically costs between $300 and $600 on average. The price for dental bonding is going to depend on the location of your chipped tooth, how severe it is, the extent and difficulty of the procedure, and where you have the procedure done.

Dental bonding typically lasts 3 to 10 years before needing to be touched up. There is no real aftercare needed, but the bonding may need to be refreshed after several years.

Insurance may cover dental bonding if it is deemed to be for medical purposes and not just cosmetic reasons. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that dental bonding is the most helpful for repairing a chipped tooth.

Veneer Costs

Veneers use a variety of materials, usually porcelain or a composite resin, to cover up chipped or broken teeth to improve your smile. The price will depend on several factors, including:

  • Type of veneer used.
  • Location of the tooth.
  • Difficulty of the procedure.
  • Your geographical location.
  • Oral health.

Traditional veneers are made from a porcelain material and cost between $925 and $2,500.

Lumineers are a brand-name type of veneer that generally cost a little less, require less prep time, and use a smaller amount of material to cover the tooth. These cost between $800 and $2,000.

Composite veneers may be even cheaper. They usually cost between $250 and $1,400.

Veneers can take more than one appointment to place. They generally last 10 to 20 years depending on the type.

Most of the time, veneers are considered to be cosmetic. As a result, they are not likely to be covered by dental insurance.

Veneers and implants are typically seen as cosmetic or elective procedures by dental insurance companies, while most other chipped tooth treatments are seen as medically necessary.

Crown Costs

A crown can be used to repair a broken tooth with a more severe chip. It involves placing a cap over the tooth to restore its shape.3 Crowns can be made out of a variety of materials, which can influence the cost.

Typically, a crown will cost between $1,100 and $1,500 on average. However, crowns made out of all porcelain materials can cost quite a bit more.

Crowns are often covered by insurance up to 50 percent , as they are often classified as medically necessary.

It usually takes at least two visits to place a crown. Crowns generally last 5 to 15 years. They might need to be replaced a few times throughout your life.

Dental Implant Costs

When a chipped tooth ends up compromising most or all of the tooth, it may need to be extracted. Then, a dental implant will be placed in its space.

Dental implants are the most expensive, and generally last, option for repairing a chipped tooth. The tooth must be significantly broken to require this method.

Dental implants can cost between $3,000 and $5,000 per tooth. They require quite a bit of prep and aftercare. Many of the necessary services for placing the implant, such as x-rays, tooth extraction, and medications, are not included in this price.

Insurance may cover part of the cost, but there are often annual and lifetime maximum amounts. You will still likely be paying quite a bit out-of-pocket for a dental implant.

Options to Pay for Chipped Tooth Repair

The first thing to look at when determining how to pay to repair a chipped tooth is your insurance policy and plan. Dental insurance can provide coverage for medically necessary procedures. If the chip repair is merely cosmetic, insurance coverage will not apply.

Dental discount plans often provide low-cost options for chipped tooth repair if you stay in-network and use specific providers. Most providers will also have financing options and payment plans that can help you find a way to budget for your chipped tooth repair.

Talk to a dental professional about which method is the most cost-effective. They can help you find the best way to repair your chipped tooth within your budget.

References

Dental Bonding Cost. (2021). CostHelper. Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

Porcelain Veneers- Procedure Costs & Recovery. (August 2019). Consumers Guide to Dentistry. Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

How Much Do Lumineers Cost? (2021). Den-Mat Holdings, LLC. Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost? (2021). Cost Helper Health. Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

Current Aspects of Dental Adhesives. (October 2019). EC Dental Science. Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

Bonding. Mouth Healthy- American Dental Association (ADA). Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

A New Definition for Oral Health Developed by the FDI World Dental Federation Opens the Door to a Universal Definition of Oral Health. (November 2016). International Dental Journal. Date Fetched: July 3, 2021.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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