Should I go for dental bonding or veneers to repair a chipped front tooth? (photo)Cosmetic Dentistry Dental
I'm 20 and recently chipped my front tooth. Should I go for dental bonding or veneers to repair the chipped front tooth? I was wondering what other options I have to fix my teeth, and the costs of doing so?
Thank you for sending us such a clear picture of your chipped front tooth .
First of all, if you were my patient. I would find out why your tooth chipped in the first place. I would also ask you if the tooth has been chipped and repaired before .
In your case , since the chipping is relatively minor , I would probably recommend that you repair it with a simple composite resin filling . This is the least invasive option that does not require extensive trimming of healthy tooth structure .
A talented dentist who understands how the colours of resin blend together with your natural tooth structure may artistically create a resin filling that is so natural looking , that no one would be able to tell that anything was done to the tooth . This process is done by freehand sculpting the material onto the tooth .
Resin fillings can cost anywhere from $80 to $500 each , depending on the skill of the dentist and the level of custom coloring requires .
Composite resin veneers or porcelain veneers should only be considered if the composite resin filling repeatedly breaks .
Your dentist should also check that you are not suffering from sleep bruxism or any other habits can can cause your fillings to break prematurely .
Veneers can range from $600-$2000 per veneer, depending on the type and design and level of customisation required on the veneer.
I hope my answer helps!
Dr Gerald Tan
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