People feel especially attached to their anterior teeth because it is part of their smile. When it is changed in a negative way, it erodes their confidence. There are studies on the psychology of the smile and how a bad smile will create anxiety and cause people to avoid social events. A broken front tooth can amplify this affect further because it can create a sudden dramatic change in appearance. This may seem obvious to most people and certainly to dentists but over the years the extent of the anxiety this creates has surprised me. People are very self-conscious when something happens to one of their front teeth. I completely understand and would feel the same way.
When my sister was 8 years old, she fell and broke her front upper tooth. It was fixed but when she was a teenager she was in an accident and the tooth got knocked out completely. It was placed back in her mouth and lasted for some years but when she was in her late 20’s it started to loosen and the root resorbed. This was while she was living in another country and she was worried the tooth could fall out at any time. She was told the tooth needed to come out and she had a dental implant placed, which is still there after many years. However, while waiting for the implant to integrate into the bone and be restored, she had a gap where the tooth was and she needed to wear a flipper (a removable retainer with a fake tooth on it) for a period of a year. It worked out okay but created anxiety for her and other patients have told me this as well. My sister was traveling a lot and always worried that the flipper might break or that she would misplace it. My sister as well as other patients of mine have told me that when a front tooth is lost or about to be lost that it is not uncommon to have dreams about it. The good news is that we can almost always do some kind of a repair or fix, even if it is temporary. If a crown comes off, we can usually recement it, at least temporarily. If a tooth breaks, we can bond something on to restore it. If a denture tooth breaks, it can be repaired. If a tooth is beyond repair and needs to be removed, we can try to bond a fake tooth to the adjacent teeth. If this is not possible we can take an impression and make a retainer to fill the space with a fake tooth. This may take a day or so but we would always prioritize this type of treatment. Taking care of a front tooth emergency is one of the most rewarding parts of dentistry.