I have broken a tooth. What can I do about it?
Each tooth that breaks is different. We will assess any broken tooth to check if it’s still ‘alive’. We will then try to keep it ‘alive’ and re-build it with whichever material is most suited to the clinical situation and tailored to your needs. This may be in the form of a filling, a crown or veneer. If the tooth has ‘died’ or is infected we will decide if it is possible and sensible to ‘save it’. This may involve ‘Root Canal Treatment‘ (removing the nerve from the inside of the tooth) before crowning the tooth. It may be necessary to remove a tooth which cannot be rebuilt; which in almost all cases we can undertake here. We can offer sedation for particularly nervous patients.
I’m nervous about having dental treatment. Should I come for a check-up?
Definitely. We have friendly and supportive staff who can help you through any difficulties you have with dentistry. Whether you have had a bad experience in your past or are worried because you haven’t been to the dentist for many years, we are here to help. We can guide you through the options and help you overcome your fears.
What is the difference between a crown, a veneer, an onlay and an inlay?
A crown is a laboratory-made, full covering for a tooth. Made from a metal alloy, ceramic or a combination of both, it envelopes the biting surface and sides of all of the visible parts of the tooth. An onlay is a partial covering. It protects the structural integrity of a tooth like a crown does, but may not cover all of the visible tooth above the gumline. An Inlay is a laboratory-made filling for a tooth. The benefits of this type of filling is added strength and durability. A veneer is a cosmetic covering for the front-face of a tooth. The aesthetic part of the tooth; the side you see when you smile, can be covered with a tooth-coloured layer to improve it’s appearance. This is always made from a tooth-coloured material; either ceramic or a composite resin.
I’m not a registered patient at your practice. Can I be seen for an emergency?
Yes. When you call you will be assigned an emergency appointment slot. Upon your arrival, you will need to complete a confidential medical history for the dentist. The dentist will endeavour to get you out of pain or rebuild a broken tooth. Whatever your problem, we will diagnose and treat your issue, giving you options for your treatment wherever possible.
What do I do when a tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth in a dental accident, it is important to follow a number of steps listed below to help increase your dentists chance of saving a tooth.
- Stay Calm
- Find the tooth and pick it up with the crown part of the tooth (white part) avoiding the root
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it for a maximum of 10 seconds under cold running water
- Reposition the tooth back into the socket, when it is in the correct position, bite onto a clean handkerchief to hold in position
- If the previous step is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk
- Avoid storing in water
- Seek emergency dental treatment