No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but it’s quite common. Research shows 1 in 6 Americans faces one annually. While they can take many forms, loose or partially dislodged teeth are a common occurrence. Although the tooth hasn’t been fully knocked-out, you still need the immediate care of your emergency dentist. If you don’t act fast, you could lose your tooth. If you experience trauma to your face, don’t worry. Here’s what you need to know to help save your tooth.
First Aid for Dislodged Tooth
Although a loose or dislodged tooth might not seem as bad as one that’s been knocked out, they can sometimes be worse. Force or trauma can push a tooth into or out of its socket. While the tooth hasn’t been knocked out of your mouth, you still need to see an emergency dentist the same day and provide first aid at home.
Wash your hands and then gently try to push the tooth back into position and bite on a piece of gauze to prevent it from moving. If the tooth comes out of the socket completely, gently reinsert it back in place after rinsing it with water. If you aren’t successful, place your tooth in a cup of milk to preserve it. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compresses to manage any discomfort or selling.
Treating a Dislodged Tooth
Your dentist will clean and anesthetize the area. If the tooth is intact, they will reposition it and stabilize it before taking a series of X-rays. This allows them to see if the roots, nerves, or blood vessels have been damaged. If there aren’t any permanent complications to the structure or blood supply to the tooth, it may be able to heal without any issues.
A composite resin material, brackets, and a thin wire are used to splint your tooth to prevent it from moving. Over the next 7 to 10 days, the socket will begin to heal. You will need follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor the healing process.
If there is damage, you might need a root canal to prevent an abscess. The pulp is extracted, and it’s sterilized and sealed before a crown is bonded over the entire surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, some injuries are too severe, and a tooth can’t always be saved. In the event your tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will discuss your replacement options, like a dental implant.
Protect Your Smile
You can’t always avoid damage to a tooth, but you can reduce your risk of trauma by wearing an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. Ask your dentist about one during your next preventive visit.
About Dr. Dale Greer
Dr. Dale Greer has a passion for helping his patients achieve their best smiles. He’s a member of various dental organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Greer provides the exact services his patients need for healthy, beautiful smiles, even during times of emergency. If you have an oral health issue that needs immediate care, contact our office today.