It may sound like a catastrophe to many San Diego area dental patients, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be salvaged.
The most important things for San Diego residents to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully and keep it in the best condition possible so their San Diego area dentist can reinsert it properly.
Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.
If it is possible, the best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.
Next, you’ll want to get to your San Diego area dentist as soon as possible. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.
I’m Dr. Jeff Gray a general and cosmetic dentist in San Diego. If you are looking for quality dental care in the San Diego area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 619-337-7700. We offer sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, complete smile makeovers, and dental implants.
Call us at 619-337-7700 immediately if you have a dental problem such as the one discussed above.
Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California