August 4th, 2017
Sometimes, accidents happen when you least expect them and that’s why we’re always ready to leap into action if you need urgent dental help. If you’ve lost a tooth while you’re out and about, we can help. Here is some useful information to help ease anxiety and get you smiling again if you do lose a tooth unexpectedly.
What to do if you lose a tooth
The first thing to do if you lose a tooth is locate the tooth. If you’re able to get help quickly enough, it may be possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out (this is also known as an avulsed tooth). Give us a call and let us know that you’ll be dropping in to see us and we’ll do our best to fix you up as quickly as possible.
If you are able to find the tooth, clean it very gently and make sure you hold it only by the crown section, rather than the roots. Once the tooth is cleaned, you can attempt to re-implant the tooth into its socket. If you can’t do it, or you don’t feel comfortable trying, you can leave this job to us. In the meantime, while you’re on your way, store the tooth in a glass of milk or tepid water. If you can get to us fast enough, our dentists will try their best to put the tooth safely back into the socket.
If it’s not possible to save the tooth, don’t panic. We have some excellent tooth replacement treatments we can use to restore your smile, including dental bridges and dental implants. Our dentists will go through the treatment options with you so that you’re able to make a well-informed decision.
Preventing dental injuries
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid injury, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of accidents, such as:
- Wearing a protective mouth guard for sports like boxing, hockey, rugby and lacrosse
- Wearing a seat belt
- Avoiding using your teeth to try and cut labels off or open bottles
July 3rd, 2017
Dentures are an effective means of replacing lost teeth, but they can only do their job properly if they’re in good condition and they fit well. If your denture has come loose or it is damaged, we strongly recommend giving us a call. We offer swift denture repairs and we can also replace damaged and ill-fitting dentures.
What to do if your denture breaks
Dentures are robust, but they’re not immune to damage. Accidents can happen, and if you drop your denture or it gets crushed by something, the best thing to do is give us a call. We’ll try and fit you in as soon as possible, and we can get started on either trying to repair or replace the damaged denture. Don’t try and soldier on with a broken denture, as you may find that it causes you pain and discomfort and you won’t be able to speak or eat properly.
We recommend avoiding DIY dental repairs, as it’s possible that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.
Denture care tips
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid or prevent accidents. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of denture damage. We advise all our patients to schedule regular dental checks. Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, it’s important to see your dentist so that they can have a look at your gums and check the fit and condition of your denture. Your mouth changes shape constantly, so a denture won’t last forever. It will need adjusting or replacing periodically to ensure that it fits you perfectly and prevent sore spots. When you’re cleaning your denture, do it over a basin filled with water or place a cloth or towel on the surface. This will reduce the risk of the denture breaking if you drop it while you’re cleaning it. When you’re not using your denture, keep it in a glass of lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water to cleanse the appliance, as hot water can cause it become misshapen.
If you have a denture and you’re worried that it may be damaged or broken, don’t hesitate to give us a call.