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Dental EmergencyIf you’ve had a tooth knocked out, it can be a scary experience. But you’re not alone. An estimated five million children and adults have a permanent tooth knocked out each year. Whether you lost the tooth from playing sports or from some other type of accident, a visit to your Leander emergency dentists is in order right away.

Don’t Panic! It Can Be Saved!

Some people falsely assume that once a tooth is knocked out that it is permanently gone. But an emergency visit to your dentist could save the tooth so you can use it for years to come. In order to save the tooth, you’ll need to take the proper steps and see your Leander emergency dentists as soon as possible.

Step 1: Find the tooth. When you locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown part, not by the root. Be sure to handle the tooth gently to avoid any breakage.

Step 2: If the tooth is dirty, be sure to gently clean the debris off the tooth. Do not use any type of soap or cleaning chemicals on the tooth. Simply rinse it in water. Do not scrub the tooth or rub too vigorously. Avoid drying the tooth and do not store it in a tissue.

Step 3: Try to reinsert the tooth. If you can get the tooth back in the socket, do so. The sooner you can have the tooth back in the socket the greater the chance that the tooth will survive the ordeal. Hold the tooth in place by gently biting down.

Step 4: Keep the tooth moist. If you cannot get the tooth reinserted in your mouth, place the tooth in a cup of milk, inside your cheek, or in an emergency solution called Save-a-Tooth® which is available at your local pharmacy. Try not to use water.

Step 5: See your Leander emergency dentists as quickly as possible, generally within 30 minutes or less. In some cases, your tooth may be saved even if it has been more than an hour since it was knocked out. But the sooner you see your dentist, the greater your chances of keeping your natural tooth.

If you need an emergency dentist, contact the friendly dentists and staff at Crystal Falls Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leander, TX by calling (512) 260-7400. Help for a knocked out tooth is just a phone call away.

By Crystal Falls Dental
January 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergencies   Leander  
Leander Dentist Dental EmergenciesExpect the unexpected, especially when it comes to a dental emergency. Dental issues are hard to detect, until it’s too late. It’s important to know what a dental emergency is and what to do when it happens.
 

Common Dental Emergencies

 
Dental trauma is the number one cause of a dental emergency, but tooth decay can weaken or infect a tooth.
  • Toothache – whether it is mild, moderate or severe, you need to see a dentist when you experience persistent toothache. A toothache can be a sign of a cavity or infected tooth.
  • Chipped/broken tooth – save the piece of tooth and rinse it, as well as gently rinsing the broken or chipped tooth. Use warm water to rinse tooth because it may be sensitive to cold water.
  • Abscessed tooth – this is a result of tooth decay or dental trauma. Once the tooth’s pulp is damaged and infected, you may notice tender, swelled gums and a toothache. To save the natural tooth, schedule an emergency root canal.
  • Knocked out tooth – this is a dental emergency that is time sensitive. When your tooth gets knocked out, rinse the tooth off and place it in a glass of water, milk or saliva. In Leander, dentists, Drs. Loftus and Anderson, need to see a knocked out tooth as soon as possible. With quick action and care, a tooth can be saved.
 
When you have a dental emergency, the most important thing you should do is to contact your Leander dentists, Drs. Loftus and Anderson. It’s important to seek a professional’s care; otherwise, you can be at risk for tooth loss and cause damage to the gum tissue and surrounding teeth. Do you have a dental emergency or another dental concern? Contact your dentist in Leander.