Once a tooth has been lost or knocked out, time is of the essence. Teeth are much easier to reinsert for a child, but the odds of a restoring a permanent tooth for an adult are still fairly good as long as the tooth hasn’t been damaged.
It’s important to remember to find the tooth immediately and to place it in a small cup of milk until you can receive medical attention. It’s also crucial to never touch the root of a tooth, only the crown. Re-inserting a tooth has a much higher success rate if the procedure can be performed within 30 minutes of the accident.
A broken or lost tooth and other dental emergencies can be treated at New Hope Dentist. If there’s structural damage to your jaw or mouth’s soft tissues, a trip to the emergency room may be in order. Another cause for concern is if a wound won’t stop bleeding, or if you can see the white layer of fascia in the opening.
If a wound gapes open, and it causes you difficulty when trying to speak or move your jaw, you need to seek emergency medical care immediately. Extensive structural damage or uncontrollable bleeding should be treated in a hospital setting, though. Most hospitals have a dental professional on hand that can assist with these types of injuries.
If you crack or break a tooth, you’ll need to visit Dr. Sharma immediately. Collect the pieces of the tooth if you can find them and get to New Hope Dentist quickly. While most broken teeth don’t bleed profusely, you should still try to cover the exposed area with a piece of gauze to prevent bacteria or other germs from gaining access.
If your tooth broke off close to the gum line, Dr. Sharma may have to extract it and put a dental implant in its place. If only the crown portion of the tooth was damaged, she may be able to repair it be putting a crown or cap over the top.
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