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What’s the Cheapest Way to Fix a Front Tooth Broken at the Gumline?

My left front tooth broke off just below the gumline. Is there an affordable way to fix it without dental implants? – Thanks. Drew from Indianapolis


An affordable fix for a tooth broken just below the gumline won’t last long. Even if a dentist used dental composite at the bottom of the broken tooth, it would be affordable, but it wouldn’t look good.

We recommend adjusting your priority to preserving your tooth for a long time. Otherwise, you will lose the tooth.

What Is the Treatment for a Tooth Broken Below the Gumline?

A root canal is the treatment for a tooth broken below the gumline. A dentist would need to place a flexible carbon fiber or fiberglass post in the tooth to help it resist lateral stress from the force of biting. Two posts can increase the resistance of rotational forces that would weaken the tooth over time.

However, you need an exam and X-ray to determine the tooth’s condition and whether it is savable. According to the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists), tooth trauma can expose or fracture the tooth’s roots. Fractures closer to the gumline significantly affect a tooth’s viability.

A tooth post and dental crown may not work if you have a strong bite. If restoring your tooth is not beneficial for your long-term oral health, a dentist will recommend an extraction and dental implant. If you

Given the severity of the trauma to your tooth, seeking professional advice is important. The cheapest solution may not be in your best interest. Look for a dentist experienced in root canal treatment and dental implants to compare your treatment options and outcomes.

This post is sponsored by Dr. Thaddeus Michalski, a Rocky Hill, Connecticut dentist and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.