Losing A Tooth Is A Time-Sensitive Dental Emergency
- April 17, 2017
Here’s what we can tell you about losing a tooth as an adult: it will be a painful, traumatic, and embarrassing event. But it is also a time-sensitive dental emergency, especially when it happens suddenly as the result of an accident. In times like that, you will want to get yourself in touch with the one dentist’s office in Plainville, CT that you can trust to handle the situation swiftly and appropriately: Gentle Dental Care. Dr. Peltzer has much knowledge and experience when it comes to saving smiles! Keep reading to hear more about what you should do in a dental emergency, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment with us!
Don’t Lose Your Cool
An accident (like a car crash) is just one example of how quickly a dental emergency can come at you, and it’s one of many ways that one or more of your teeth can get knocked out of your mouth. Seriously, it can happen to any of us anywhere, at anytime. That’s why it is always good to think about the unthinkable every now and then.
To guarantee the best ending for yourself, here’s what you should do if you ever lose a tooth: Try to locate the tooth straightaway. When you do, be sure to pick it up only by the crown. This is the part of the tooth that you normally see when it is in your mouth. Then you can start to rinse the tooth with water to remove any dirt. Remember, do not ever use soap or chemicals since these can do more damage to the tooth. You should also rinse your mouth with water to remove any blood. See if you are then able to place the tooth back into its original socket. You may be able to hold it in place with your finger or by biting down. If that doesn’t work, you need to find a way to keep your tooth moist. This may surprise you, but you can actually place it in a container of milk. But, most importantly, you will want to call Dr. Peltzer as soon as you can!
Restoring Your Smile
With any luck, it may be possible to save your tooth. And your chances of that increase if we are able to see you in our office soon after the incident that dislodged it. In the event that your tooth can’t be re-inserted, you will have a couple of treatment options to consider.
After losing a tooth, your best bet is probably a dental implant which can replace the root of your missing tooth. We complete your implant process with a dental crown. Our dental crowns are made with e.max, porcelain, zirconium, or a combination of different materials. All three are strong enough to function and look like the real deal.
The other option may be to create a dental bridge. To make your bridge, we would reshape the teeth on either side of your missing tooth into abutments.
We can place a temporary bridge into those abutments until your permanent bridge is complete. When it’s finished, we will bond the dental bridge in place, allowing you to get back to life as usual.
A Place For Dental Emergencies And More!
We hope that this information has been helpful, and we sincerely hope that you will never know what losing a tooth is like firsthand. For immediate assistance, call our restorative dentist’s office in Plainville, CT, at 860-479-2397 or contact us online now. Since we are located right in the middle of the state, we actually draw patients from all over Connecticut. Hopefully yours will be one of the smiling faces we see next!