What to do When You Knock Out a Tooth
Accidents happen, but knowing what to do when a tooth is knocked out can make a world of difference! While abruptly losing a tooth can be shocking, a loose tooth can be reset in some cases. The first, best option is always to save a natural tooth, and there are a few steps you can take to increase the odds of saving a natural tooth. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, our staff will do our best to save an avulsed tooth or provide other options to replace a missing tooth.
An avulsed, or knocked out, tooth is a tooth that has become completely dislodged from the socket. Although this is often seen as an extreme case, avulsed teeth can potentially be reset into the socket and have restored function. Fractured or broken teeth, however, are not considered avulsed and require additional treatment, such as a dental crown.
Here are some tips that can help you save an avulsed tooth:
Protecting Your Teeth
We will always encourage our patients and loved ones to maintain active lifestyles and regularly participate in sports or other outdoor activities, but we also understand that physical activity and high-intensity sports can pose a threat to your smile. While active, we encourage everyone to utilize a mouthguard to protect their teeth. Wearing a simple retainer-like device can have a huge impact on your oral health.
At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, our office can aid in customizing a mouthguard to fit your smile. Having a customized mouthguard on-hand ensures greater comfort, meaning an increased likelihood of wearing it.
If you or a loved one has knocked out a tooth, contact Dallas Oral Surgery Associates as soon as possible at 214-363-9946.