Ways a dentist can treat lost, broken, or damaged teeth

If you knock a tooth out, you need to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer same-day emergency appointments whenever possible, because we know that losing a tooth, breaking a tooth, or suffering from dental pain can be both frightening and uncomfortable.

broken-teethHarley Street Dental Clinic is open six days a week, and in addition operates an out-of-hours emergency line, designed to help you see a dentist and get you out of pain as soon as possible.

Often, when a tooth is knocked out it is possible for your dentist to put it back in the socket, then bind it to adjacent teeth temporarily for support until it heals back into position. You can sometimes even put the tooth back yourself – don’t force it, though, and never attempt to reinsert a child’s milk tooth, because this can damage the developing adult tooth beneath. Instead, bring your child to see the dentist at our Harley Street clinic as a matter of priority.

If you can put the tooth back in yourself, bite down on a clean paper towel or handkerchief and call our Harley Street practice for an emergency dentist appointment. Should it prove tricky to reimplant the tooth, place it in a clean container covered in milk or your own saliva and bring it to your appointment.

Sometimes, the dentist will not be able to put the tooth back – if it is badly damaged or lost, for example. In this case, Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a range of tooth replacement options, from standard bridgework and dentures to a more long-term solution with dental implants.

Broken teeth can be repaired in a number of ways. Even a slightly chipped or cracked tooth should prompt you to visit our Harley Street clinic, because the tiniest crack can allow bacteria to infect the centre of your tooth, leading to the need for root canal therapy.

Depending on your needs and preferences, your Harley Street dentist may use composite bonding techniques with white filling material to rebuild the tooth, may place a tooth-coloured onlay, inlay, or crown, or may place a veneer.