Monthly Archives: November 2013

Broken Tooth

My brother and I were wrestling and he accidentally fell onto the piano bench. It broke his tooth. We weren’t supposed to be wrestling. My parents are out of town for four more days. I’d like to fix this before they get back.  I’ve got a call in to our dentist, but haven’t heard back and it has been several hours. I wondered if I could superglue his tooth back while I am waiting.

Bennie H. – Missouri

Bennie,

You can superglue as a temporary solution, but there is a danger of accidentally getting your lip glued to the tooth as well. I would make a quick run to your local pharmacy and get some denture adhesive paste.  That would be a safer option.

You didn’t mention how old your brother his or whether or not this was an adult or baby tooth.  That could make a difference in treatment.  I want you to get seen right away even if you do not hear back from your dentist. Give your dentist another hour or so and then if you’ve still not heard back I want you to see an emergency dentist in your area.

Emergency dentists tend to keep a little wiggle room in their daily schedule so they can fit someone in. If they are booked solid, they will even see you after hours. Don’t neglect this, because there are other things that could go wrong with his tooth aside from re-attachment issue.  Tooth trauma could kill the nerve endings. He may end up needing a root canal treatment.

By the way, if you’ve got the entire piece that broke off, a good cosmetic dentist can bond it back on in such a way that no one will be able to tell it was ever broken.

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What went wrong with my implant?

I had an implant put in and then a couple of weeks later my dentist added the crown. Right after that I went back to my dentist because it felt loose to me.  My dentist thought it was the crown that was loose, but when he removed the crown, the implant came out with it. He wasn’t sure what happened. Do you know what went wrong?

Amber A. – Las Vegas

Amber,

I hate to tell you this, but your dentist is an incompetent moron. It should have been very obvious the problem was the implant and not the crown.

You asked me what went wrong. There are a few possibilities when an implant comes out soon after the crown is placed. However, in your case the answer is almost glaringly obvious.  Your dentist didn’t leave enough time for the bone to grow around the implant. This process is called oseointegration and it is absolutely essential for the success of the implant.

Fixing this is more complicated and I don’t think your dentist is the one to do it.  I would go to a more qualified implant dentist. I’d also tell your dentist to either refund your money or pay for the repair procedure.

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