As upsetting as it can be to lose a tooth, you should be prepared to act quickly to address the problem. It may still be possible to put it back in place, which means your smile remains complete and you will not need prosthetic dental work, but a successful restoration is less likely if you delay care. Fortunately, you can arrange an emergency dental appointment at our Katy, TX dentist’s office in the event that your tooth is knocked out. When you arrive with the tooth, we can bring you into the treatment area and see what can be done to save the tooth. If it cannot be saved, we are able to discuss treatment with a lifelike dental prosthetic held by a dental implant.
Act Quickly To Schedule Care If You Lose Your Tooth
You should act quickly after having a tooth knocked out. Even when proper precautions are taken to handle a lost tooth, there is only a limited time where the tooth can be saved. Waiting too long will leave your dentist with no other option than to replace it with a prosthetic. It should be noted that significant tooth damage, and injuries that leave tooth loose but not lost, can also ultimately lead to tooth loss if proper restorative dental work is not provided.
Protecting Your Tooth Before You Arrive
When you pick up your tooth, only touch its crown, meaning the area that sits above your gum line. If you need to clean the tooth, be sure you only do so gently, and that you leave any organic matter on the enamel. You can try to gently put the tooth back into place, but if this does not work, you can keep the tooth from drying out by carrying it in a small container of milk.
Your Smile Can Still Be Restored After Your Tooth Is Lost
If you schedule treatment in time, and the tooth is not too badly hurt, we can put it back in place and let you maintain your full smile. This approach can still require you to have root canal therapy and a dental crown. In the event that a tooth cannot be saved, we can discuss prosthetic treatment. Through implant dentistry, we are able to safely secure a restoration to an implant that is inserted into your jawbone. This arrangement provides significant support for your bite function, and it allows you to maintain a smile that appears natural.
Contact Lathrop Dental Center After Losing A Tooth
Our dentist’s office in Katy, TX is ready to help patients who suffer dental emergencies. If you need to do something about a tooth that has been knocked out, please call Lathrop Dental Center at 832-437-3849.