Not so long ago, while island hopping in Greece, a heavy door caught in the wind and broke the corner off my top incisor, my front tooth. Ouch! What a dilemma. What should I do? Not only was it painful, and I felt humiliated, but I imagined I would need a crown to repair the damage. Not only would it be expensive but it would take a long time before my tooth was repaired and I could smile again. Fortunately, if you can get to Alkali in Putney, they can immediately rescue your chipped or broken tooth without further injury to your health or dignity.
If you have an accident, whether it is a contact sports injury or a fall and break a tooth you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Any delay and you risk infection. During the time between the injury and help from a dentist, you should rinse your mouth with a saline solution, hot water and salt, and avoid hard foods. If you are in pain, take an over the counter pain relief medication in the correct dose to relieve the agony.
Depending on the damage, there are different ways the dentist can repair the tooth. The conventional method is to apply a filling to the damage. However, the modern procedure dentists now use is called bonding. Bonding is not only more resilient to pressure but looks more natural with your adjacent teeth.
When applying a bond to a broken or chipped tooth, the tooth is first prepared with a conditioning liquid which ensures the bonding will stick. An adhesive material, combined with a composite resin, the bonding material, colour matched to your tooth, is then applied. After shaping and smoothing, the bond is the hardened using an ultraviolet light. It is then polished to blend with the rest of the tooth. If a bond is applied with skill, no one need ever know your tooth was chipped.
Unlike veneers and crowns, which must be custom-made by skilled technicians in a laboratory, dental bonds can repair your tooth immediately and are the least expensive of the choices you can make for dental repairs. Furthermore, bonding does not require removing enamel from the undamaged part of the tooth, and you do not need an anesthetic as there is no pain involved. In no time at all, you can forget you ever had an accident.
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