My front tooth broke off clean right at the gumline. I need it fixed fast and as cheap as possible. I am not paying for dental implants.
-Mike in Florida
Well, the cheapest and fastest way to fix a broken front tooth is called Superglue. But come on. That’s not what you want. A cheap repair will only last a day or two at most.
You didn’t ask for it to look good either. In which case, having a dentist rebuild the tooth with dental bonding would be a quick, cheap fix. But it would look terrible.
So, lets change your thinking. Sometimes the cheapest fix ends up being much more expensive and more painful in the long run. You should be considering something that looks nice, that’s durable, and long-lasting.
A dental crown is a possibility if the tooth still has the root intact. But this would mean there is a lot of stress being placed on this tooth. It isn’t out of the realm of possibilities, but may not be the best fit. A root canal treatment on the remnant of the tooth would be a good treatment, then having a post placed to add strength to the remaining tooth. A carbon fiber post or fiberglass would work better because there is some flexibility with the stress it will endure. A metal post won’t remedy the stress and may end up fracturing the root. Two posts are better than on in this case.
It sounds like you are not interested in dental implants. Although implants are more expensive, they truly are the best alternative. They are a permanent fix that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth.
You need to get into the dentist to have the situation evaluated. If cost is a concern, be upfront. Discuss your options. Consider phasing treatment out over time or setting up an affordable payment plan. Cheaper isn’t always best, especially when we are talking dental care.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.