How Emergency Dentistry Can Save a Tooth

Posted on February 25th, 2013

Any time your tooth hurts, it’s a dental emergency. Some dental emergencies are more urgent than others, but the sooner you attend to your tooth pain, the more likely you will save your tooth. 

Your tooth can survive out of its socket, but only for a short amount of time. Through emergency dentistry, we can reimplant your knocked out tooth. But it’s most successful if done within 30 minutes of losing your tooth and the chances of saving it drop dramatically within two hours.

Here are some steps to take to save your tooth:

  • Avoid touching the tooth root, and do not clean tissue from the tooth root.
  • You can rinse the tooth with water, but don’t try to clean it. Let your emergency dentist handle the rest.
  • Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket, but if you can’t, place it in milk or between your gum and cheek. 
  • If your tooth has loosened, but isn’t falling out, don’t touch it, and immediately contact your emergency dentist.
  • If your tooth hasn’t fallen out, but you experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods, have tooth pain that bothers your sleep and isn’t helped by mild pain relievers, you should contact your dentist immediately.

The emergency dentists at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are here for you day or night, whenever your dental emergency occurs. Contact us immediately, so we can help save your tooth.

One Response to “How Emergency Dentistry Can Save a Tooth”

Caitlin KrasnerFebruary 27th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

The optimum storage medium for knocked out teeth is actually Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS), the scientific fluid present in Save-A-Tooth, the emergency tooth preserving system. When the tooth is put in a Save-A-Tooth kit within one hour, the tooth is preserved for a minimum of 24 hours, and over 90% are successfully reimplanted when taken to the dentist.

Milk only preserves the tooth for about an hour.

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