Losing or breaking a tooth due to injury or having to have a tooth removed due to decay can be an embarrassing situation for those who suffer from now having a gap in their smile. Not only does this lead to a lack of self-confidence but it can develop further health and jaw issues if it goes untreated. We at Smilessence have a range of solutions that can fix a single tooth no matter what has happened to it and making an appointment for a consultation with your dentist in Molesey will help determine the best possible course of treatment for your individual needs.
A broken tooth can be caused by biting into something that was too hard, as in the case of using your teeth to open something like a beverage bottle (this is not something we recommend doing at all) or even eating some hard foods and causing the tooth to either break-off or crack. Facial trauma caused by some accident could result in a broken tooth too. In some cases, we will be able to fix the tooth in question with a bonding technique that seals up the crack or replaces a chip, in more severe cases a crown may be used to correct a break or hold a cracked tooth together, but there may be times in which we cannot save the tooth and it will need to be surgically extracted by our dentist in Molesey.
If you require surgery to remove a broken or cracked tooth it may be done in an emergency appointment if you are in a severe amount of pain, but there are also cases where a tooth has become too decayed over time and this too will need to be surgically removed. In the case where a tooth has to come out or if it is knocked out and lost, we have options available to you to get it replaced, so that you do not leave our practice with an embarrassing gap in your smile.
Bridges – Tooth bridges are a good way to close a gap of a single missing tooth, they do not require major surgery and are convincing replicas of the tooth you lost. A false tooth is supported by two crowns on either side of it to create a ‘bridge’ of teeth. These crowns are fitted on top of the teeth that are fixed on either side of the gap, so that the false tooth sits snugly on top of the gum, thus closing the gap and giving you the ability to chew and smile with confidence once more.
Dental implant – Dental implants require surgery, but they are an excellent replacement for missing teeth, as they not only replace the bit of the tooth you can see above the gum, but they replace the root of the tooth as well. This is important as the jawbone can once again have something to cling to in the form of a titanium implant. Once the screw is inserted into the jaw you will need to wait 6 months before a false tooth can be connected to it. During that time we will provide you with a temporary bridge to close the gap in your smile until it is time to fix a permanent false tooth to the abutment on the implant at our dentist in Molesey.