One of a parent’s greatest dreads is that their child will have an accident and damage their front teeth. It happens very regularly that a child will fall off their bike, or get hit while playing sport resulting in a broken tooth, or in the worst-case scenario that the tooth will come out whole. Obviously, when this happens, the parent will want to contact their dentist for immediate advice and ultimately treatment to restore their smile. Dr Anne at Spires Oral and Dermal Care is at the end of the phone to offer just that.
Outlined below are some tips to avoid damage to the teeth and also some advice in the event that a tooth comes out whole. Firstly, it is paramount to get a customised gum shield for all contact sport and to wear a helmet in those sports that encourage you to do so.
If the tooth comes out whole;
- Do not touch the root
- Rinse with saline to remove dirt, debris or mud
- Either place back into socket, into the cheek (if age permits) or place in milk or saline
- Contact your dentist and try to get emergency treatment carried out within 90 minutes.
Dr. Anne Gormley is a highly experienced dentist who has been practising for over 30 years after graduating from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne School of Dental Sciences in 1991. She is also a facial aesthetic clinician, having obtained the Level 7 PGCert in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics in 2019 from Northumbria University. She received her MFGDP(UK) qualification in 1996 from the Royal College of Surgeons, completed an Open University module in Paediatric Dentistry from Bristol University and finished a one-year part-time course in implant surgery and prosthetics. Dr. Anne has worked in the Restorative Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Orthodontic Department in the Waveney Hospital.
Dr. Anne specialises in cosmetic dentistry, with a particular interest in Align, Bleach, Bond (ABB). This technique involves straightening the teeth using Invisalign, followed by teeth whitening treatments and composite bonding and veneers. She loves enhancing facial features with non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers, botulinum toxins (also known as “Botox”) and Profhilo. In addition, Dr. Anne also specialises in crown, bridgework and ceramic veneers.