Unfortunately, many of us can end up with damaged teeth over time, either because our teeth have aged or because of an accident.
Teeth can become chipped or cracked from eating hard food or even from a minor or major accident. Teeth can also be broken or knocked out because of an accident (trauma).
Depending on the level of damage you will need to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
We can assess the damaged teeth or tooth and take many steps to either repair or replace the teeth or tooth and ensure no further damage is caused to the gum and root and that no infection can occur.
So, it’s a very good idea to get your teeth checked out by a dentist (or doctor) if you are worried.
If you have a serious injury, then please contact your doctor or visit A&E.
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Damaged teeth that are chipped or cracked can often be restored to their previous appearance and function. If the tooth is too broken, then it may require a root canal and crowns.
If your tooth has come out it could still be put back in.
The tooth will be covered in live cells that can restore the function of your tooth it is replanted back in the gum.
You will need to find the tooth and gently clean off any dirt.
Carefully place to tooth in something clean and moist like a wet flannel, or the best and healthiest way is to store it (believe it or not) is in a container full of milk.
The gum will work hard to stabilise the tooth and will hopefully grow firm around the tooth to ensure the tooth can function well.
If the tooth is too damaged to be replanted, then your dentist will clean out the root canal to ensure infection will not develop and it can be blocked up with a filling.
You can also consider dental implants which is a tooth that is made to look like your missing tooth and implanted into the root canal.
You wouldn’t know they difference and it is a very successful treatment.
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- Avoid hot and cold food and drink, if pain is really bad, avoid biting on the tooth until you can be seen.
- If you only have pain when drinking hot or cold food and drink, you might have exposed root tissue.
Use a desensitizing toothpaste until you can see the dentist.
- If the pain is strong and accompanied by swelling or redness than you probably have an infection. You need to book and Emergency appointment with us as you don’t want the infection to spread to your jaw and face.
- Keep an eye out for spots or ‘craters’ in your mouth, they may be white with or without a red edge. They can be caused by trauma and can be extremely painful. Have a look for one or more spots or 'craters', which might be white with or without a red edge to them. If you have these please contact us asap, they may look like ulcers, but they may not be so it’s better to be safe than sorry and get checked out.
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