What to do when you lose or chip a tooth

Sustainable dental repairs for damaged teeth

Some of us have probably experienced that feeling when, despite all of our attempts to keep our teeth in great shape, we take a bite of something and hear a sickening ‘snap’ sound as our tooth breaks. Sports too can sometimes have a similar effect when we receive a blow to the mouth and a tooth breaks or comes out.

These are unfortunate occurrences that do happen and there is only a limited amount that we can do to prevent it. However, there are a number of solutions which can help once the unfortunate event has happened and we provide a number of these at our Harley Street dental practice in London.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you have a tooth that becomes chipped through an accident but it is not causing you any immediate problems, you should still arrange to see a cosmetic dentist as soon as possible as the chip may have weakened the tooth and could lead to further damage. Depending on the  outcome of your dental examination examination, the tooth may simply be filled, or alternatively, a dental veneer or possibly a crown fitted to the tooth. These can be especially useful for cosmetic purposes as, once fitted, they will look entirely natural.

Lost Teeth

Losing a tooth can have a dramatic effect on a person’s appearance, especially if a front tooth is lost. Not only this but it can affect a person’s bite and possibly cause other teeth to become crooked too. Because of this, it is far preferable to replace the lost tooth than simply to leave a gap there. Whilst bridges and dentures are popular options to do this, they bring with them their own problems. Dentures are notorious for being uncomfortable and can also prove to be embarrassing at inappropriate moments, especially social ones! Bridges too can only be worn when work is performed on adjoining teeth so that the bridge can be attached, therefore involving work on otherwise healthy teeth. Both of these solutions also have the disadvantage of whilst replacing the actual tooth, they make no attempt to replace the root of the tooth which then leads to bone loss in the jaw which can slowly affect the appearance of a person’s face.

Dental implants offer the best solution of all as these are placed into the jaw bone, thereby replicating the root of a tooth. This means that there will be no bone loss and as the bone attaches itself to the new ‘root’ it provides a very solid foundation which will not move or come out. A crown is then attached to the dental implant which will give the patient a strong and natural looking tooth to replace the one that they have lost.

There may, of course, be other damage which has been caused by an accident, so whilst your immediate thought may be about replacing the actual tooth, you should always consult your dentist to arrange an appointment where he can examine the mouth and, if necessary, take x-rays to determine the extent of any damage before work can proceed.

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