Losing a tooth can be traumatic. But losing a tooth from an injury, accident, or sports injury is even worse. Not only are you dealing with the shock of your injury, but you are also dealing with the possibility that the tooth will not grow back.
If you’re about to lose a tooth, you need to act quickly!
The tooth needs to be treated within 30 minutes of being knocked out. If not, the chances are very low that the tooth can be saved. If the tooth has been knocked out for some time, it is still possible to save it, but you will need to seek emergency dental care immediately.
In any knocked-out tooth scenario, you should follow these steps:
A knocked-out tooth can be successfully reinserted if you act fast! Call your Sugar Land emergency dentist right away and visit your dental office within an hour of the accident. In the meantime, gently rinse the tooth with warm water to remove any dirt or debris from the root surface. Place the tooth back in its socket, if possible, and bite down for stability. If you cannot put the tooth back in its socket, keep it in a cup of milk until you can visit the dentist’s office. In some cases, your dentist may place your tooth in a stabilization kit with medication in order to keep your tooth viable until you reach their office. Once you’re there, your dentist will attempt to save the tooth with a lifelike dental crown or other restoration. If you act quickly, you may be able to avoid more complex and costly treatments down the road.
Contact Sugar Land Dental in Sugar Land, TX, for more specific instructions on what to do and what not to do to save your knocked-out tooth. To book an appointment, call (281) 980-5100 or visit us at 101 Southwestern Blvd Suite 204, Sugar Land, TX 77478.