Help! I’ve lost a tooth! What to do to prevent tooth loss getting worse

Tooth lossDid you know that losing teeth is a common anxiety dream? Whilst psychologists and dream analysts continue to debate the meaning of such dreams, all too often the nightmare can become a reality for people who suffer accidental tooth loss. If this has happened to you, there’s no need to panic. There are many ways that your dentist can replace your missing tooth to stop the problem getting worse.

Knocking out a tooth should prompt a call to the emergency dentist. From taking a tumble from your bike to being involved in a road traffic accident, there are many circumstances in which teeth can be dislodged.

If you still have the tooth and it is largely undamaged, it is often possible for a dentist to put it back in the socket. In fact, you may even be able to do this yourself, although you shouldn’t force it. Clean the tooth with saliva if necessary and, using your other teeth as a guide, gently try to put it back. If you are successful, bite down on a clean paper towel for 15-20 minutes and visit your dentist. When you can’t put it back, cover it in milk or saliva and bring it to the dental surgery.

Dentists can often have more success reinserting the tooth, and may strap it to surrounding teeth for support. However, if it is totally lost or badly damaged, a tooth replacement is needed. At Blue Sky Dentistry in Belfast, dental implants are considered the best way to replace lost teeth.

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed directly in the jaw bone under local anaesthetic or sedation. It fuses and integrates with the bone to act like a natural tooth root on to which, in cases of single tooth replacement, a dental crown is then attached.

This new crown will look just like a real tooth – your dentist is even able to age its appearance so that it blends in well with your natural teeth, looking, for example, like the typical tooth of a 40-year-old man.

The new tooth will function just like the real thing, too, and should stay with you for many years.