Broken and Missing Teeth
If 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.