What if the unimaginable happens? In a freak accident you lose your two front teeth. It’s a dating disaster. A winning smile is not just a trend, it’s a necessity. For that all important job interview, the special date, indeed everyday socialising, communicating, and even the necessity of eating, our beautiful teeth are imperative, aren’t they? That’s why if you’re missing them, nowadays you can go to a specialist in Dental Implants in Denver, or indeed anywhere, to get them replaced.
Cosmetic dentistry has reached new heights in the past few years. Advanced techniques along with a desire to achieve the perfect smile have fuelled its growth. Whether your dentist dresses up as Santa or not, you most definitely can have two front teeth for Christmas. You can easily go to any dentist to get your teeth checked. For example, you could just go to someone like this Dentist Fort Wayne. But it obviously depends on where about you live. However, it is easy enough to find out and you will most definitely be able to get those two front teeth for Christmas!
From teeth whitening to a full set of new gnashers, cosmetic dentistry can most certainly brighten your smile. You really don’t have to mind the gap. Here, Dakota Murphey in partnership with Black Swan Dental Spa, explain what to do if you lose a tooth and a quick look at options for getting a smile back on your face.
It’s a knock out
Catching a stray elbow, falling face-first or even, dare I say it, a fist fight, are amongst the reasons we might lose our permanent two front teeth, or indeed any of our teeth. Ouch! Sports injuries are in fact the leading cause of knocked-out teeth. It’s being taken more seriously with helmets, face masks and gum shields common place in many high impact sporting activities.
If you do play a sport where there’s a risk of being hit in the mouth, you may want to consult your dentist and get a custom-made mouth guard to fit your teeth. Shop bought, non-mouldable mouth guards are a cheaper alternative, but don’t provide as much protection.
Saving a knocked-out tooth
Even if your tooth is knocked out, there’s still a slim chance your dentist may be able to save it. It’s a dental emergency, and obviously you’ll need the tooth. Here’s what you should do if you have an accident, which knocks out your tooth (or teeth).
- Locate your tooth.
- Handle your tooth with care – hold it by the crown (the white bit that sticks out of the gum)
If you touch the root, you may damage it.
- If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with sterile saline solution.
- Put the tooth back into position, or put it in milk or sterile saline solution.
If you can’t get your tooth back into position, and you have no milk or saline solution to hand, place it in your mouth between your gum and your cheek, but be careful not to swallow it.
- If the tooth is back in position, bite on a handkerchief or flannel to hold the tooth in place.
- See your dentist as an emergency straight away.
If you don’t see your dentist straight way, it will be impossible to re-implant the tooth and the tooth socket could become infected.
Don’t soak your tooth in water, and don’t panic. The sooner the tooth is put back, the more likely it will be able to embed itself back into the gum.
What will the dentist do?
If you’ve managed to put the tooth back in, your dentist will x-ray the area to check it is in the right position. Your dentist will splint your tooth next to the teeth either side to hold the knocked-out tooth in position. If you didn’t manage to put the tooth back into the socket, your dentist will assess if he/she can save the tooth. If they can, they’ll numb the area to place the tooth back in position.
What if it’s a baby tooth?
Baby teeth can’t be replaced. If a baby tooth is knocked out prematurely, just get your child to rinse his or her mouth with cold water. Comfort your child and consult a dentist. Your dentist will be able to give pain relief and antibiotics if necessary to prevent an infection.
What if the tooth is lost or can’t be saved?
If you can’t find your knocked-out tooth, it’s still advisable to visit your dentist. They can give you advice about what to do and will possibly prescribe antibiotics to prevent an infection.
Once the gum has healed, your dentist may be able to fill the space with either a denture, a bridge or an implant.
What’s the difference between a denture, a bridge and an implant?
Missing teeth can be replaced by dentures, bridges or implants. So what’s the difference?
Dentures are prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. Most Dentures are removable and offer advantages to those people with multiple missing teeth. There are two main types of dentures – partial and full. Full dentures are used when all teeth are being replaced, while partial are a removable alternative to bridges. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Dentures can feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Dentures are relatively inexpensive compared to other types of tooth replacement.
Bridges cover a gap between existing natural teeth or implants. The adjacent teeth are prepared as crowns (a crown is a protective cover or ‘cap’ that goes over an existing tooth), and the bridge is the replacement tooth, which is attached to the crowns either side.
Dental Implants are expensive, but they offer a more natural feel compared to dentures or bridges, you could also take a look at getting non metal dental implants if you preferred. Implants are metal posts that are surgically placed into your jaw bone. They are made from titanium alloy. The implants function like natural tooth roots, and once bone cells have grown around the implanted root, a crown, bridge or denture can then be held in place. Dental Implants require a minimum amount of bone volume for correct placement and the procedure needs to be carried out by an experienced dental implant surgeon.