If you are experiencing extreme pain and going through a dental emergency, the most important thing for you to do is not panic! Call the Oral Health Center, right away, but in the meantime, here are some helpful things you can do.
Adult Tooth Gone Missing
There are three steps that you should follow in order to help you with your missing tooth. Whether your tooth was bumped or hit really hard, or you were in an accident that cause you to lose a tooth, try to locate the tooth and follow the next three steps. These things should all be done within an hour.
- If you still have the tooth, pick it up by the crown and not the root. For reference, the crown is the part of the tooth you bite with. The pointed end of the tooth is the root. It is important not to touch the root because there are vulnerable tissues on the root of the tooth that are needed for re-implantation.
- Holding the tooth by the crown, try putting the tooth back into the empty socket. But, BEFORE trying to re-implant, study your mouth and look at the tooth on the other side of your mouth that is a mirror image of the missing tooth. Before you place the tooth back in the socket, try to visualize how the tooth should be put back in, preventing the tooth from being misplaced. This step should only be done, if you really know what you are doing. You do not want to end up with a tooth facing the wrong way.
- Give us a call. Your dentist that you see regularly, should be the one that treats you right away. If your normal dentist is not available or it is after hours, get a hold of the on call dentist to see you immediately. If, for some reason, neither of those options are available within the hour, go to the closest emergency room to be seen.
If you have stuck the tooth back in according to the directions above, there is a really great chance that it will take, and you get to keep your tooth. You will most likely need to have a root canal, however.
For some reason, you may not have your tooth that you lost. Don’t worry, you don’t have to look like you are missing your tooth permanently. You will need an implant. Which is basically a fake tooth made out of porcelain that blends great with the rest of your teeth, letting you keep your great smile!