As highly experienced dentists in restorative and implant dentistry, the Gentle Dental treat hundreds of missing tooth emergencies a year.
A common dental emergency, patients often lose teeth when it has been knocked out or from other serious factors like gum disease and infection.
Regardless of how you have lost one or more teeth having it treated straight away is essential.
This is to prevent any further complications to your oral health and protect against further deterioration of surrounding teeth.
The Gentle Dental offer walk-in and same-day emergency appointments. Call 020 8224 7562 to book an emergency appointment.
Having the tooth re-implanted
When a tooth has fallen out it needs to be treated immediately.
If your tooth has just fallen out, there is a chance that it could be reimplanted and fused with the gum.
However, this should occur within one hour of being knocked out.
The dentist will be able to splint the missing tooth to the neighbouring teeth with thin wire or plastic so it can be held into place whilst it heals.
From here, you will be advised on aftercare and the next steps for the reimplantation to be a success.
Classed as high priority emergency appointments, Dr Ali Rifai recommends coming in as soon as an accident occurs.
Follow these steps
Before you are admitted to be seen by the dentist, try the below stages:
- Do not touch the root, but hold the tooth by the crown
- Rinse the tooth in saltwater or keep it in milk, aiming to place the tooth back into the socket as soon as possible
- Once the tooth is back in place, use a clean material (handkerchief) to keep the tooth in place
- If unable to do this, keep your tooth in a small container with saliva and milk
How an emergency dentist can treat broken or missing teeth
We have warned above that if a tooth is lost, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible!
Offering only a short window for implantation, lost teeth are commonly treated and replaced with:
- Dental implants: Artificial roots attached permanently to the jawbone using a titanium screw. They offer a long-lasting, durable and natural-looking solution to replace one or more missing teeth.
- Partial dentures: Often removable, dentures are clipped onto surrounding teeth using metal clasps. However, noted by wearers, these can be uncomfortable.
- Dental bridges: Bridges use an artificial tooth attached permanently to teeth at both sides of the gaps left by a missing tooth. Dental cement is used to keep these firmly in place.
These treatment procedures are known to improve the overall look and feel of your mouth and improve functionality and oral health.
It’s expected that if gaps in the mouth go untreated, the remaining teeth have to handle more pressure when biting and encourage the formation of gum and periodontal disease.
The common reason for this is when the nerves inside the tooth have died.
However, only dental professionals will be able to determine if the nerves in your tooth have died, these are often referred to as non-vital.
The biggest problems this can cause is discolouration and infections, which are easily treated by our dentists.
Emergency dental treatments in Surrey and beyond
Due to the expertise of our experienced dental staff, we are known to be one of the best clinics, especially for implant dentistry in the local area.
I was extremely happy with the treatment I received at the Gentle Dental Clinic. My teeth now look exactly how I want them to thanks to Micheal, he was an absolute professional throughout the whole process aswell as everyone else at the clinic! – Dylan D – Epsom
Call 020 8224 7562 to book an emergency appointment.
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