Broken and Missing Teeth

Chipped toothIf you have just broken or chipped a tooth, you need to see a dentist quickly. Until you get to see a dentist, here are a few things that can help:

  • Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Apply pressure to the area to stop any bleeding
  • Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips, over the broken tooth, to reduce swelling and relieve pain
  • Take over-the-counter pain relief

There are a range of treatment options available depending on the details of your broken or missing teeth.

  • For smaller breaks, we may be able to repair the tooth using a filling which matches the colour of your teeth. Most people will never know you had the break.
  • For larger breaks, options include:
    • Crowns which sit on top of the remaining tooth and are designed to be as hard and reliable as regular teeth. Crowns are usually porcelain or gold
    • Veneers which sit in front of the tooth and can fill in space created by a tooth break. Veneers can be coloured to match the surrounding teeth. Some patients elect to have a whole set of veneers for a complete smile makeover
  • For larger breaks or missing teeth, a durable option is Implants. Unlike dentures, which are removable and can come out at embarrassing moments, implants are attached to your jaw bone and last for a very long time.

The good news is at Rodney Geelan Dental, we can help. Please contact us on (03) 6331 6826 or 6331 8882 for an appointment to discuss which option is best for you to fix your broken or missing teeth.