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Managing broken, chipped and loose teeth at home

We’re delighted that most of our dental practices across the UK are now open for different levels of face-to-face care. At the present time we’re prioritising emergency appointments and those with the greatest need. However, there may be some instances where we still can’t see you face-to-face, or you may need to wait a little longer for an appointment than usual. Therefore, in the meantime, we’ve created some useful tips to support you if you're managing broken, loose or chipped teeth.

If you don’t feel comfortable using filling material, you can leave your tooth without a filling, but it could leave you at risk of further decay. Make sure you continue to floss or use interdental brushes, followed by brushing your teeth thoroughly to avoid infection and toothache. For more information, visit our looking after your oral hygiene section.

Even if you can manage a lost filling at home, it’s important that you book an appointment with your local practice when they re-open for routine dental care, so they can provide a long-term solution.

For further help and advice

If you have a problem which isn’t referenced in this article and is affecting your ability to sleep or concentrate, please get in touch with your local Bupa Dental Care practice.

If you’re experiencing dental pain, find out more in our article, how to relieve toothache.

If you don’t have a dentist, or your practice is closed due to COVID-19 you can contact a Bupa Dental Care practice for emergency support.

If you can manage problems with broken, loose or chipped teeth at home, we’d still encourage you to visit your local practice once it reopens for routine dental care.

From Bupa Dental Care

The health, wellbeing and safety of our patients, their families and our people remain our top priority at Bupa Dental Care. We’d like to thank our patients for their understanding during the COVID-19 situation.

Once it is safe for our practices to re-open, we encourage you to get in touch and book an appointment. The latest status of our practices can be found at: COVID-19 Notice. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, find and contact your local Bupa Dental Care practice who can offer telephone support and advice to patients with urgent need. They can also direct you to the most appropriate support location if further care is needed.