What To Do If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out
- March 13, 2016
You are walking down the street minding your own business on your way to lunch with a friend.
You stop at the corner to cross the street. As you approach the other side, your friend calls out to you, and you turn your head when – WHAM!
You walked right into a light pole. You are a little embarrassed, but that thought quickly changes to concern when you notice something on the sidewalk. Is that your tooth?
All of a sudden, lunch doesn’t seem nearly as important.
You have a dental emergency to deal with. You should call the dentist, and if you live in Plainville, CT, you should call Gentle Dental Care.
Dealing With A Lost Tooth
The scenario we described above is just one example of how quickly a dental emergency can happen, and it’s one of many ways one of your teeth can get knocked out of your mouth.
If this or something similar does happen, we want you to know what to do.
First, find the tooth. When you do, be careful to pick it up by the crown. This is the part of the tooth that you normally see when it is in your mouth.
Next, you should rinse the tooth with water to remove any dirt. Do not use soap or chemicals since these can damage the tooth.
If you haven’t already done so, you also should rinse your mouth with water to remove any blood.
Try to place the tooth back into its socket. You may be able to hold it in place with your finger or by biting down gently.
If this isn’t possible, you need to find a way to keep your tooth moist. You can place it in a container of milk. You can hold it in your mouth between your teeth and your cheek, or you can get an emergency tooth preservation kit.
Call Gentle Dental Care as soon as you can. In some cases, it may be possible to put your tooth back in place. Even if we can’t, there are other ways we can preserve your smile.
Fixing A Missing Tooth
As when mentioned, it may be possible to save your tooth. This is more likely if we are able to see you shortly after the accident.
Regardless, we will do everything we can to help.
If your tooth can’t be replaced, you may have a couple treatment options.
The best option may be to place a dental implant in the empty socket that held your tooth. Leaving the socket empty can increase your risk of other oral health problems, including but not limited to gum disease and bone loss.
A dental implant can replace the root of your missing tooth. As you heal, the supporting bone will bond to your implant just as it has done to the roots of your other teeth. This will hold your implant securely in place.
We can complete your tooth replacement 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 just like your remaining healthy teeth, and all three restore the appearance of a healthy tooth to your smile.
Another 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 ready, we will bond the dental bridge in place, once again restoring your smile and your ability to eat the foods that you enjoy.
If you lose a tooth due to a traumatic injury, you may experience some pain.
It is fine to take an over-the-counter pain reliever in this situation, but you should not hold aspirin against your gums. This can cause a chemical burn to the soft tissue inside your mouth.
If you experience swelling, ice or an ice pack may be helpful as well.
Act Fast In Any Dental Emergency
A knocked-out tooth is just one kind of dental emergency that we can deal with at Gentle Dental Care. Toothaches, broken teeth, lost or damaged restorations (such as a filling or dental crown), and abscessed teeth should be treated as soon as possible.
To get help, call our dentist office in Plainville, CT, at 860-479-2397. If you are calling outside of our regular hours, leave a message or page Dr. Peltzer so we can make arrangements to help you as soon as we are able.