While there may be no “good” dental problem to have, few problems can be as scary as those that leave you with a dislodged tooth! You can be relieved to know that emergency dental care is available if you lose a tooth, and that it is possible to return a tooth to its socket and restore your full smile. Our Katy, TX dentist’s office is ready to bring you in for prompt care if you require it for this reason, or if you experience another urgent problem. With that said, you will need to safely handle a dislodged tooth to keep it safe, as your chance of saving it can be hurt if it is not carried properly.
Can A Lost Tooth Be Saved?
There may be a way to save a tooth that has become dislodged. With that said, your dentist will have to evaluate you to determine if this is true for you. Too much damage, too much time out of place, and other factors can affect your chances of having it restored. Remember that the time it takes you to arrange care will affect how likely it is that your tooth can be saved, and that proper handling will also change your risk of losing or restoring it.
Safely Handling Your Dislodged Tooth Before Your Appointment
When you pick up and move a dislodged tooth, only handle its crown, the portion that always resides above your gum line. Leave the roots untouched, and do not remove organic tissue still on the tooth. If it becomes dirty after being dislodged, be gentle when rinsing it. To keep your tooth safe from drying out while out of your mouth, you can carry it in a small container that holds milk. If possible, you can try to reinsert the tooth into its socket. Depending on the state that it is in, you may need restorative dental work, including the placement of a dental crown, to keep your tooth safe after it is returned to its proper position.
What Happens When A Tooth Cannot Be Saved?
There is a chance that a tooth cannot be saved, even if you arrange emergency dental services. In this situation, we can recommend treatment in the form of implant dentistry. With a replacement tooth held by an implant, you can feel confident in your ability to bite and chew food, and you can feel confident in your smile! An implant acts like an artificial root when anchoring a tooth in place.
Your Katy, TX Dentist Offers Emergency Oral Health Services
Lathrop Dental Center is ready to help you if you experience tooth loss and need treatment on short notice! To find out more about our practice and how we can help you, please contact our dentist’s office in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849!