August 25, 2016
It’s a lovely day outside, and you’ve decided to take a walk in the park.
Along the way, you see children playing on the swings and slides. You see a group of young men playing a spirited game of football.
As you walk, runners pass you from time to time. Meanwhile, you are just enjoying a leisurely stroll and the nice weather until —
You are on the ground and a man who appears to be in his early 20s is standing over you.
“I’m sorry. I was playing Pokémon Go, and I wasn’t paying attention. Are you OK?” he says.
Before you can answer, the look on the man’s face tells you that you might not be.
“Is that … your tooth?” he says pointing to the ground beside you.
You put a hand to your mouth and, sure enough, something seems to be missing. You look closer, and you realize that a tooth is on the ground.
You were not expecting a dental emergency when you left the house, but now you are in the middle of one.
You need to take care of your missing tooth and call (618) 219-1412 to set up an appointment at the dentist of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, in Belleville, IL, as soon as you can.
First Things First
Before you head to our office, you need to do a little dental first aid on your mouth.
Since you can see the tooth, pick it up by the crown. Avoid picking up the tooth by the root if at all possible.
You to rinse the tooth to remove any dirt or blood. You need to rinse your mouth for the same reason. If you continue bleeding, use gauze to apply pressure until the bleeding stops and to soak up any blood. Change gauze as needed.
You may need to rinse your mouth again after the bleeding has stopped.
At this point, you can try to place the knocked out tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, leave it there until you are able to see a dentist.
If it won’t stay, then you will want to keep the tooth moist. You can do this by holding it in your cheek or by placing it in a container of milk. In some cases, it is possible to save a tooth that has been dislodged.
Other Things You Can Do
It’s likely that you will be in some pain if one of your teeth is knocked loose.
Our suggestion would be to take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.
If you are experiencing swelling around your injury, use ice or a cold pack to reduce the swelling and numb the pain.
Dental emergencies are not something that you can plan for. If you could, then you would avoid them or take precautions to prevent them.
If you find yourself in such an emergency, we will fit you into our schedule as soon as we can. If you call in the morning, we will see you that same day if at all possible.
The sooner we can treat you, the better.
How To Repair A Dislodged Tooth
The first option would be to place the tooth back into its socket if we can. This may require a special splint to hold the tooth in place by linking it to the adjacent teeth.
This may give your jawbone time to heal and reform around the roots of your tooth.
This is not always possible, however.
In those cases, we would recommend replacing your tooth as soon as possible.
The best replacement option is a dental implant with a dental crown. This way you are replacing the whole tooth.
The implant is placed into your jawbone where your root once was. Through a process called osseointegration, your bone with grow around and bond to the implant.
When you bone jaw has healed and your implant is secure, we can attach a dental crown to the abutment end of the implant.
Our dental crowns are made to look and feel like natural teeth, and they provide the same biting and chewing ability of a natural tooth.
Don’t Delay During An Emergency
No one wants a dental emergency to occur, but they do. Teeth get knocked our or broken. Toothaches happen when people avoid routine dental care, and injuries can affect orthodontic appliances as well.
If any of these things happen to you or to someone you love, call the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, at (618) 219-1412. Our dentists want to help everyone in or around Belleville, IL, as soon as possible.