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Old 07-02-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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Default Chipped front tooth - what are my options?

Last summer I somehow chipped one of my front teeth. I woke up one morning and noticed that there was a huge chip on one of my lateral incisors. I did not actually see a dentist until this summer. I told him I wanted the chip to be filled in as I was afraid shaving the tooth down would make my smile look awkward, as it is a fairly deep chip. He put in a filling and it looked fine. It has been 2 weeks and this morning I woke up to find that the filling had come off. My tooth is now showing the chip. He said it may not last, and if it didn't, to call him. We both agreed that it would look unnatural to shave it down.

What are my options? Should I let him put a filling on the tooth again and see if it lasts? Should I actually let him shave it down and have my smile look awkward? Just leave the tooth chipped? Isn't there any other available options? I would have him put a filling on the tooth again, but I'm afraid that it would not last. Please offer your suggestions and comments. Thank you.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:38 PM
 
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Perhaps a porcelain veneer will work.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: The 719
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I've had a chipped front tooth since I was about 5. About every 5 or 10 years, it comes out and I have to get it redone. Dentists are pretty amazing with stuff like that.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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Implants are an option, but they can be expensive. Maybe a crown, also expensive.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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I know my insurance will not cover the cost of a porcelain veneer or an implant. There is no way I could afford such an expensive procedure. I have a great smile, and this drastically reduces my confidence and look of my appearance. I'm feeling really low right now.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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I know my insurance will not cover the cost of a porcelain veneer or an implant. There is no way I could afford such an expensive procedure. I have a great smile, and this drastically reduces my confidence and look of my appearance. I'm feeling really low right now.
Discuss re-filling and explain how you feel. Also, root canals & crown can be reasonable. If you re-fill and it stays in a year or two you can save enough for a more expensive procedure at a later time. All is not lost
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:45 PM
 
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Also if this is your regular dentist, they might be willing to accept payments monthly. Mine does.

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Old 07-05-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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I'm a dentist.... and the fact that the bonding has come off so quickly and during the night leads me to think that there is probably an interference with one of your lower teeth that hits into this area when you grind your teeth. Try looking in the mirror and sliding your lower teeth forward to see if anything fits right into the chipped area. Sometimes you even have to go to the right or the left. It may seem unnatural but often times the culprit is tooth grinding when you sleep.

Sometimes these can be rebonded and a slight bite adjustment of the lower tooth can correct the problem, but sometimes its more complicated than that.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:15 PM
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That tooth is chipped but it is still alive. Don't kill it! Having a root canal will kill your tooth and it's unnecessarily. There is no equal substitution for your real teeth. A crown or implant are not real and won't function equally as well as your real tooth. Not only they're costly but they also create other problems in the future.

Just do what the dentist, Novaman, advised. If your dentist can't seem to correct the bonding, try another dentist.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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I'd follow the dentist's advice first and maybe go to a different dentist. Explore the cheapest options before resorting to more invasive/expensive ones.

Also, a crown and a root canal are separate things for separate reasons; one doesn't require the other.

I chipped my 2 front teeth when I was 8 or 9 years old. I had a temporary fill. When I turned 18 and I got 2 porcelain caps. They did have to drill down the natural teeth to fit the caps over them. They have healthy roots, so no root canals were necessary. In 40 years I've had them replaced once and they have always functioned just fine. I can't imagine there's any reason to think they do not function as well as "real" teeth.
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