I chipped my front right tooth. How much does it cost to get this tiny chip repaired permanently? (photo)
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Cost of cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry has a wide range of fees. They depend upon the need for esthetics and durability. In regard to chipped teeth the choice is usually between bonding and porcelain. Bonding is a material that is predominantly plastic. The material looks great initially but wears, chips and discolors causing a need to be periodically replaced. So where it is cheap initially, over the long term it can be quite costly. Porcelain veneers on the other hand are more difficult to make, require two appointments and the needs the help of a laboratory technician in between the two visits. Consequently they will initially cost more in the short term, but because they seldom require replacement and retain their appearance for a lifetime, they become less expensive in the long term.
Maintaining tiny bonded chip repairs.
Maintaining tiny bonded chip repairs can be tough. It can be discouraging to have the tooth repaired multiple times.
In some ways it's like having your nails done, and then to have them chip again.
Another way of repairing the tooth would be with a veneer. With the picture you have provided I would NOT recommend a veneer, even though the argument could be made that it would be more "permanent".
I would encourage you to have the tooth bonded again with tooth colored resin. And check with your dentist to see if an occlusal guard would be appropriate.
Best of luck!
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