September 30th, 2017
Nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they need urgent assistance for a dental injury. Sadly, accidents happen. It’s not always possible to avoid injuries, but there are certain things you can do to try and lower your risk of dental woes. Here are 5 top tips:
- Wear a mouth guard: if you play sport, and there’s a risk of dental injuries, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard or gum shield. Mouth guards protect your teeth and gums against flying objects, face to face contact and hard surfaces and they can make the difference between keeping and losing your teeth. Visit your dentist for a custom-made, comfortable mouth guard.
- Always wear your seat belt: if you’re travelling in a car, always make sure you have your seat belt on and it is securely fastened. If you are involved in an accident, the belt will prevent you from falling forwards, which will protect your face.
- See your dentist for regular check-ups: seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to lower the risk of painful dental infections, tooth pain and abscesses. Ideally, you should visit every 6-12 months.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: your teeth are there to break down food, not to open bottles or bite the labels off new clothes. Try and avoid using them in any other way to keep your smile intact for as long as possible.
- Be mouth aware: dental emergencies can crop up suddenly, but sometimes, there are warning signs. Keep an eye on your mouth and look out for symptoms like swollen gums, toothache, bleeding when you brush and heightened sensitivity.
September 14th, 2017
We know all too well that accidents and injuries can happen at any time. If you break a tooth or you have a chipped tooth, don’t panic. We can restore damaged teeth and have them looking like new in no time at all. If you need help, give us a call today!
How we restore broken teeth
We have various treatments available for restoring damaged and broken teeth. If you think you may have cracked a tooth or you’ve chipped your teeth, the best thing to do is get in touch and make an appointment. When you see one of our expert dentists, they will examine your mouth and have a good look at the tooth. They will use tests, such as dental X-rays, to determine the severity of the problem and this will help them to ascertain which treatments will be most effective.
If the tooth is fractured, it may be necessary to fit a new crown. Crowns are dental restorations, which are often known as caps as they sit on top of the natural tooth structure. The crown is made to order for a perfect fit and we can use tooth-coloured materials, including porcelain, to create a natural looking aesthetic. Crowns improve the look of the teeth, but they also strengthen the teeth and reduce the risk of further injury. Once they are in place, crowns should last around five years.
If the tooth is chipped, rather than broken, we may use a filling to restore it or a cosmetic technique called dental bonding. Bonding involves using a material called dental composite to repair and reshape the tooth. The material comes in many different shades, so your dentist will select the closest match to your natural tooth colour. At room temperature, composite is like putty, and this enables your dentist to mould it to fit the tooth perfectly. Once the composite has been positioned, it will be set using a curing light. Bonding only takes around an hour, and there’s no pain involved.
If you have a broken tooth, call now and we’ll do our best to restore your smile as quickly as possible!