Accidents happen. Unfortunately, they are a part of life. No matter how careful you are, you can sustain a blow to the mouth from a slip or fall, and accident, or while playing sports. If you lose a tooth because of an accident, you need to stay calm. If you can locate the tooth, there is a chance it can be saved and you can still enjoy a full smile.
If you can find the tooth, take care to handle it only by the crown, and rinse it gently with cool water. Do not touch, wipe or scrub the roots. Rinse your mouth to clear away any blood or tooth debris. Try to fit it back into the socket. If it will go back in, hold it in place by biting down on a clean piece of gauze. If you can’t put it back, don’t try to force it, instead, place the tooth, and any pieces of it in a container of milk, or your own saliva. If the tooth is still in one piece, you can hold it between your cheek and gums.
Your next step is to see our dentist, Dr. John Freemon as soon as possible. Your tooth will remain viable for about an hour. If the tooth can be saved, the dentist will secure it with wire or dental cement. That will hold the tooth in place as it heals and reattaches itself to your jaw. The dentist will want to see you for a follow-up appointment to check your healing progress, and if necessary, discuss your tooth replacement options.
If you have lost a tooth in Woodstock, Georgia, John F. Freemon, DMD, PC can help. Call 770-928-0871 as soon as possible and we will get you in as soon as possible.