There are, unfortunately, a lot of things that may go wrong when it comes to your smile. A sudden strong impact to your mouth may result in a long list of unwanted traumas, such as a broken tooth or some serious discomfort and swelling. When it comes to a dislodged tooth, we discover that patients typically find themselves in a panicked state. The good news is that you don’t need to become overly anxious or upset. All you have to do is contact us for emergency dental care, while following some straightforward guidelines to protect your smile.
First, make sure you find your tooth and have it safely in sight. Then, call us immediately. The sooner we hear from you, the easier it will be for us to prepare for your visit and schedule an emergency dental care appointment to see you.
Follow These Steps
Now, you feel secure in the fact that you are about to see us for emergency dental care. The steps you take before you leave the house are important. Begin by holding your dislodged tooth under lukewarm, running water. Hold the tooth by the top (crown), while paying attention to preserving tissue that remains attached to the roots. From this point, you have two options:
- Replace The Tooth: Can you gently slide the tooth back into its original resting spot in your mouth? Don’t press – just see if it will slip back in. If not, move on to the next step. Or, if you are too nervous to attempt this step, begin with the next.
- Seal It: Find a sealable container that you can easily bring to your visit. Fill it with milk or a mixture of water and salt (don’t use plain water). Place the tooth into the liquid-filled container and carry it along for your emergency visit.