Monthly Archives: March 2016

Should I see an emergency dentist about a veneer?

A veneer on my front tooth popped off. My dentist can’t see me for five days, but I have a date in two days. I’ve been hoping this guy would ask me out for months and I can’t go there looking ridiculous. Will an emergency dentist bond it back on? Can I glue it temporarily with like gorilla glue?

Elle W. – Boston

Elle,

Whatever you do, don’t try to glue it back yourself. You’re likely to mess up your bite without realizing it. Plus, there will be spaces in the glue that leaves you vulnerable to decay.

You could go to an emergency dentist to have it bonded back on and I’m sure some will be willing, but you’ll want to make sure they’re experienced in cosmetic dentistry or you could have the same problems as if you’ve glued it on yourself.

Another option would be to get some temporary bonding paste. That would let you bond it on for your date, but it won’t be permanent. Then you can go to your appointment with your dentist to get it permanently bonded back on.

Make sure he tells you why it fell off, because porcelain veneers shouldn’t fall off in the entirety of their viable life.

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Can Dental Implants Replace Teeth That Were Never There

I have a baby tooth that is still in even though I’m 27. I had it checked, and there isn’t and adult tooth even under it. CAn a dental implant stand in for it if there’s not adult root there?

Morgan S. – New Jersey

Morgan,

You’ve actually hit on the whole point to dental implants. They take the place of a missing tooth root. When you have a congenitally missing tooth, a dental implant is a great option. Your implant tooth will be much more secure.

Though baby teeth can last an entire lifetime, they don’t always and you likely don’t want to “worry” of losing your tooth in the back of your mind. It’s almost like waiting for the ax to drop.

Talk to your dentist. Make sure he has training in dental implants. It’s an advanced procedure, so you don’t want just anyone doing it.

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