September 14, 2017
Your teeth are the silent heroes of your body. You might take them for granted, but they make everyday life easier by helping you chew delicious foods and articulate your speech — and, of course, a beautiful smile can brighten anyone’s day. Unfortunately, the unexpected can come upon any of us at any time, and it might come in the form of an avulsed (knocked out) tooth. If you suddenly find that your mouth is short one pearly white, what should you do? Your emergency dentist in Plano is here to guide you.
Find and Preserve the Tooth
Don’t let the shock of suddenly losing a tooth force you into panic mode — you might be able to save your smile! As soon as you realize that the tooth has been knocked out, try to find it. If it isn’t broken, there is a good chance that your dentist will be able to reattach it.
First, holding the tooth only by its crown, gently rinse it. Water works for this, but milk is a better option. After you clean off any debris, store the tooth in a liquid; again, milk or water are acceptable choices. You could also use a tooth preservation kit; it’s a good idea to pick one of these up at your local pharmacy and keep it with the first-aid supplies in your car.
Another option is to store the tooth in your mouth in its original socket. However, that might not be possible if there is a lot of bleeding or if it was a child who lost the tooth. You don’t want your little one to accidentally swallow it! Also, keep in mind that if one of a child’s primary (baby) teeth got knocked out, you shouldn’t put it back in its original socket because that might interfere with the permanent teeth that are growing underneath.
Get to Your Dentist
The sooner you get to the dentist, the more likely it is that your smile won’t have to suffer from a brand new gap. When you lose the tooth, call your dentist right away and let them know that you have a dental emergency in Plano. Many dentists are willing to leap into action on short notice, and if you call to let them know you’re coming, they may be able to help you the moment you step into the office.
Your dentist will rinse out the tooth’s socket and then splint the tooth in place with metal wirig. You might also need a root canal. If your jawbone wasn’t seriously injured when the tooth got knocked out, your lost chomper could firmly reattach itself in about a month. However, if you fractured your jaw, you can expect a longer wait (perhaps six to eight weeks) before your oral health is back up to par.
An avulsed tooth is a medical emergency! If this happens to you, do your best to handle the tooth carefully and get to your dentist ASAP.
About Our Practice
Drs. Christopher Pollard and Bhavita Patel are your experienced, friendly dentists in Plano. They know that a dental emergency can strike anytime, and they’re always prepared to help. If a crisis puts your oral health in jeopardy, or you just have questions about how to handle a dental emergency, contact our office at 972-423-0880.
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