Hi all - my first post here....
Ok - so a quick background; I have quite severe problems with some of my teeth as a result of....er....well years of not looking after them properly and smoking - so basically all my fault really.
I am seeing a dentist - private...very expensive (but beats NHS nightmares)..but very good.
Ok - so on to my problem.... I have two very loose teeth (the two right in the front/middle on the lower jaw). As a result i'm having 4 teeth extracted and a bridge to the two lower canines which are "fine" (the gums may disagree with this...). All well and good..ish...
I have my first appointment for the work on the 1st Oct which will be the prep work on teh canines and the extractions. Two weeks later I get a temporary bridge and then 3-6 months later (depending more on money than the healing process) I get the permanent bridge.
However....and this is my reasons for posting here...one of those loose teeth is now VERY loose. As in..it kind of swings out the back of the gum on occasion and I suspect is held in more by luck and being pinched in by other teeth than anything else. Certainly isn't attached to the jaw by the feel of it! Needless to say this makes biting virtually impossible, certainly not with the front middle portion of my mouth and perhaps more importantly....I now have just over 3 weeks until the tooth is extracted anyway and I have to try and keep it in place!
This is, of course, made harder by the fact that its right in the firing line for my tongue when I talk. Hmmmm!!!!
So....my question is this; how do I stabilise this tooth for the next 3 weeks? I'm ok not being able to bite down on it (because i'm now used to that) but if it falls out I would need an emergency appointment with my dentist....who is a 45 minute drive away at best (and in the case of my particular dentist...on holiday for nearly 2 weeks from tomorrow).
I considered getting the Dentanurse kit and perhaps cementing it? I have doubts as to how well that would work though as the cement appears to be for replacing loose bits that are impacted from above/below rather than the sides as this tooth is.
Failing that.....what do I do? Stick it in with chewing gum or superglue? (joke!)
Any answers would be MUCH appreciated!!