While a tooth can be saved after it has been knocked out, you need to respond to the problem quickly if you hope to retain it. The longer you wait to schedule the appropriate restorative dental work, the less likely it is that it will still be in a condition to be saved. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to protect it and make saving it easier. One thing you should do is schedule an emergency dental appointment as promptly as possible. Our Katy, TX dentist’s office is prepared to help you if you need to see someone about a dislodged or loosened tooth. If there is not a way to save it, there is still treatment we can start to restore your full smile!
Your Dentist May Be Able To Restore Your Lost Tooth
How likely is it that your tooth can be saved? This will depend on how long you go between losing it and having the problem treated, the way the lost tooth is handled, and its overall condition. Upon your arrival at our office for emergency care, your dentist will perform an evaluation to see what can be done for you. To save the tooth, it can be necessary to perform root canal therapy and cover it with a dental crown. If it cannot be saved, we can still give you back your full smile by providing you a custom dental crown held by a dental implant.
Be Careful When Handling A Dislodged Tooth
To protect your tooth before your appointment, be careful when handling it. You should only touch the crown (the portion that resides above the gum line), not the tooth’s roots. If it needs to be cleaned, be gentle and avoid removing any organic tissues. You can protect the tooth from drying out by keeping it in a small amount of milk before you arrive for treatment.
We Can Replace A Tooth That Cannot Be Saved
Unfortunately, there may be no way for a dentist to save your tooth after it has been knocked out. The good news is that with the right dental prosthetic in place, you can feel confident in both your smile and dental function! We rely on implant dentistry when helping patients replace lost teeth. An implant-held restoration will help you by supporting your bite function and by protecting your jawbone from deterioration.
Your Katy, TX Dentist Is Ready To Address Your Dental Emergency
If you lose a tooth, you should reach out to schedule emergency dental work as soon as you can. To learn how our practice can help you by either restoring or replacing your lost tooth, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, at 832-437-3849.