Lost-Tooth

Lost Tooth

Losing a tooth is a common dental emergency, especially amongst the elderly. It is important that you visit us as a priority as this can impact the health of all teeth that lie on the same arch.

If you still have the missing tooth

If you still have the tooth that has fallen out, it’s essential that you see our surgeons immediately; the sooner the tooth is re-implanted, the higher the chance of it being re-embedded in the gum. Before you see us, please attempt the steps below:

  • Trying not to touch the root, hold the tooth by the crown.
  • Rinse the tooth with a saltwater solution or milk, and attempt to place the tooth back into its socket as soon as you can.
  • When you’ve done this, bite down onto a wet tea bag or a piece of clean material (a handkerchief, for example). This will keep the tooth in place.
  • If you are unable to do this, hold it between your gum and cheek until you are able to see the dentist. Alternatively, place the tooth in a container, covering it with a small amount of saliva or milk.
  • When you get to see our emergency dentist, they will plan to re-implant the tooth as soon as possible. Preferably, teeth should be re-attached within an hour of being knocked out.

We may splint the missing tooth to the teeth next to it with either a thin piece of wire or clear plastic, so it can be held in place as it heals. We will advise you on how long this needs to be in place.

If the tooth is lost

If the tooth has been lost, it must be replaced as soon as possible. The following treatments are common ways to replace missing teeth:

  • Dental implants: these are artificial roots attached permanently to the jawbone with the use of a titanium screw. Your dentist will drill into the jawbone to do this, and you will be administered with a local anaesthetic.
  • Partial dentures: these are removable devices that are clipped onto the surrounding teeth using metal clasps.
  • Dental bridges: a dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is fixed permanently to the teeth at either side of the gap left by the lost tooth. Dental cement is used to fix a bridge in place.

Not only do these procedures improve the aesthetics of your smile, they also improve the functionality of your teeth. If a lost tooth isn’t replaced, your dental health as a whole will suffer. The remaining teeth, without the support of the missing tooth, will have to handle much more pressure when biting.

If you have a missing tooth, please call 020 8693 3339 immediately to book an emergency appointment.

Testimonials

The Dentist, Hygienist, Dental Nurses & Especially the Receptionist staff are very Polite, Friendly & most importantly they try to fit you in quickly in the event of an emergency. Recently I couldn’t get the time of work for an emergency appointment for my 81 year old Mum so I called an Uber for her & told the receptionist this. The young Black Lady called me when she ordered & place my Mother in a cab – so she went above & beyond her duties with a lot of Customer Care & Respect for my Mother- Thank You so much

Zehra M.

Friendly staff and a very good turn around for appointments , next step to meet the hygienist if he’s as lovely as the rest of the staff it will be great

Wendy D.

Had a tooth out which is never fun, but he was great, never even needed pain killers afterwards

Vince A.

Great service! Im usually so nervous when coming in to the dentist but my dentist was so pleasant and polite ! Dulwich Dental Office will definitely be my dentist for life

Tomike O.

I lost my two front teeth whilst at school and had complications for years. Unfortunately I ended up needing an implant – which I had been avoiding! I wish I had done it sooner. Dr Patel was fantastic and guided me through each stage. He was always contactable to answer any queries or concerns. Very happy with the end result and would reccomend.

Tom O.

Registered and seen on the NHS within 2 weeks – amazing. Really friendly staff, would definitely recommend

Tom C.

I have recently finished an invisalign program with Pooja at dulwich dental office and couldn’t be happier. The treatment was easy and pain free and the results are great. Pooja’s experience and friendliness made me feel at ease throughout. I would 100% recommend for anyone considering similar treatment.

Toby B.

Dentist Pooja Pillay is excellent and was very patient with me as I I took a long time (years!) deciding whether or not to take the plunge and have Invisalign to straighten my teeth. It didn’t take too long and was easier than I thought it would be. Pooja kept a close eye on how it was all progressing and we even went a bit longer with it just to really perfect the result. I’m delighted with the outcome. Everything was included in the price, even the extra aligners and appointments when we decided to go on a bit longer. All staff at the practice have been excellent. Highly recommend.

Susie F.

I had my Invisaligns done by Dr Pillay and she really took the time to make sure my teeth are lovely and straight. She has always been available with any queries or follow up treatment I needed – and made me feel well looked after from the beginning and end of the treatment. I really recommend seeing her if you want to get Invisaligns done.

Stella C.

I am undergoing a course of Invisalign treatment with Dulwich Dental Office and I am so pleased with the results, even at this early stage. It is great that I can take the braces out to eat and clean my teeth. I am looking forward to the end result.

Sienna M.

The team are great. Friendly, reliable and kept my teeth on the ‘straight n’ narrow’ for years

Sarwar K.

I’ve been having implant treatment with Sanjay for almost a year and he has been great through the whole process as I am not fond of dentists. Today was the final session and the crowns were fitted. I’m really pleased with the work and they look and feel great and are subtle as you can see from the attached pic I just took. I’m more than happy to recommend him and his work!

Russell H.

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