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Gympie Emergency Dentist: What To Do With A Chipped Tooth

At Channon Lawrence Dental, we understand how distressing dental emergencies can be. A chipped tooth might seem minor, but it can lead to discomfort, pain, and even further damage if not dealt with quickly. So, what should you do? 

In this latest blog update from the team at Channon Lawrence Dental, we will explore your options, including:

  • What to do after chipping a tooth

  • Treatment options for a chipped tooth

  • How much does it cost to fix a chipped tooth?

  • Will health insurance cover chipped tooth costs?

Immediate Steps

If you've chipped a tooth, it is important to contact your local dentist as soon as possible. You can book an emergency appointment in Gympie with Channon Lawrence Dental by calling (07) 5482 7688. In the meantime, look for any signs of ‘pink’ in the chipped tooth, which would indicate that you might have a nerve exposed. If you notice this, be sure to let us know.

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to clean the area and apply a cold pack to your cheek to reduce swelling.

If part of the tooth is broken off and is still intact, you can store it in milk or in plastic wrap.

Now, let's learn more about the treatment options available at Channon Lawrence Dental.

Gympie Dentist | Chipped Tooth

Can Our Gympie Dentists Fix a Chipped Tooth?

Yes, our Gympie dentists can fix chipped teeth! We offer a range of dental solutions for chipped teeth so you can get the best option for your teeth. Let’s take a close look at some of the best treatment options, including:

  • Veneers

  • Crowns

  • Dental implants

  • Fillings

Veneers: Costs & What They Are

If the chip is aesthetic or only minor, a veneer might be the perfect fix. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, enhancing their appearance. The process is straightforward, requiring just a couple of visits to our Gympie dental clinic. Once in place, veneers can last up to 20 years if well looked after.

Veneers generally cost between $250 and $2500 depending on the type of veneers you need.

Gympie Veneers | Gympie Dentist | Channon Lawrence Dental

Costs and Benefits of Crowns For Chipped Teeth

For chips that result in significant damage to the tooth's structure, a crown can be the best dental option solution. A crown, or cap, is custom-fitted over the remaining part of the tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. 

Crowns are made to match your natural teeth, providing a seamless, durable fix for damaged teeth. Generally, crowns can cost between $800 and $1500 depending on the material used, however this is usually covered at least partially if you have health insurance. It will usually require two or more visits to our clinic to place your crown.

Dental Implants: A Permanent Chipped Tooth Solution

In instances where a tooth is chipped beyond repair and removal is necessary, dental implants offer a permanent solution. Implants replace both the lost tooth and its root, providing a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Although the process requires several appointments and a period of healing, the result is a long-lasting, secure solution that can boost your oral health and overall well-being.

We have been replacing broken and missing teeth with dental implants in Gympie for over 18 years. We also offer finance options for dental implants from just $39 per week. Dental implants generally range from $2000 to $3000.

Get A Filling

Lastly, for minor chips, a simple filling may be all you need. Using a composite resin, we can shape and polish the material to blend seamlessly with your tooth, restoring its appearance and function in no time. 

Fillings are an efficient, cost-effective solution for small chips that don't compromise the tooth's structural integrity. Generally fillings will cost no more than $200.

Fillings | Gympie Dentist | Channon Lawrence Dental

How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Chipped Tooth?

The cost of treating a chipped tooth in Gympie can vary based on the appropriate treatment option, from simple fillings from approximately $200 to more complex solutions like dental implants, which can range between $2,000 and $3,000. Factors such as the location of the chip, the complexity of the procedure, and whether the treatment is deemed medically necessary or cosmetic can all affect the final cost. 

We offer various payment and finance options for our Gympie dental treatments, including plans from just $39 per week for dental implants, to help manage these expenses.

Will My Health Insurance Cover Chipped Tooth Costs?

Yes, most health insurance policies cover the treatments you need for a chipped tooth. For more invasive options like dental implants or crowns, this comes under ‘major dental’.

Fillings are more minor and are covered under most general dental health insurance policies.

Be sure to check your health insurance policy to see if you are covered.

Contact Your Gympie Emergency Dentists

Facing a chipped tooth can be unsettling, but with the right care and treatment, it doesn't have to disrupt your life. At Channon Lawrence Dental, we're dedicated to providing the Gympie community with prompt, professional, and compassionate care for all dental emergencies.

Remember, the best treatment depends on the chip's severity and your tooth's overall health. Our experienced team is here to guide you through your options, ensuring you receive the best possible care tailored to your needs.

Don't let a chipped tooth chip away at your peace of mind. Contact us today, and let's restore your smile together. For more information on emergency dental care and injuries visit the Queensland Health website or Better Health Channel.

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