Tooth loss must be handled swiftly if you want to preserve your original tooth.
Unless your tooth is completely fragmented, time is the most important factor in determining if the root will reattach to the jawbone. You don’t have time to do research. You need to know what to do right away when your or your child’s tooth is knocked out.
Secure the Fragments
If you lose a tooth, don’t panic and snatch it up haphazardly. You need to make sure you only touch the top — touching the root will only spread bacteria. If it is still in one piece, rinse it in water briefly then try to place it back in the socket. Don’t rub the tooth to remove dirt — this can damage the cells.
Bite down on a piece of gauze until you get to your dentist’s office. If it won’t go back in the socket, hold it in your mouth — keeping it in your saliva will help.
If the tooth split or cracked, pick up all the pieces and place them in a cup of milk, saltwater or your saliva.
Go to Your Dentist Immediately
It is important to see a dentist as soon as possible after tooth loss, so store your dentists’ contact information in your cell phone. If your dentist is unavailable, go to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.
First, the dentist will use water to clean out the socket before placing the tooth back inside. He or she may attempt to save a fractured tooth, but if there are too many fragments, it may be impossible.
Whenever teeth are completely knocked out of their sockets, you will be required to have a root canal to eradicate any bacteria and prevent infection. You may need a root canal right away, or your dentist might decide to wait.
Consider Reconstructive Surgery
When you lose a tooth, it isn’t just the individual tooth that is damaged. The blood vessels and bone surrounding the socket are also traumatized. In some cases, the jawbone may be fractured, making it difficult to put the tooth back in place and save it in time.
If your tooth is gone for good, don’t worry — you still have options. You can get an implant or bridge to fill the gap. This isn’t just a good choice for aesthetic purposes, it’s also necessary so that the surrounding teeth do not shift. Also, it will help ensure your speech and ability to eat will not be affected.
You can trust Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to provide a professional opinion when you have an urgent tooth loss emergency — call for a consultation today.