If you damage your tooth and it is more than just a chip, you could be looking at some major problems if you don’t address it immediately. First things first, address the pain and protect any other teeth to avoid further issues.
If a break occurs:
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
- Apply pressure to stop any bleeding.
- Use a cold compress to prevent any swelling.
- If you can find the tooth, bring it with you to the dentist or surgeon’s office.
If you lose a tooth:
- Do NOT pull the root of the tooth out if it is still attached.
- Rinse the tooth off with saline or milk. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
- Reinsert tooth back into the socket if possible, then bite down onto a gauze to stabilize the tooth.
- If you cannot reinsert the tooth, protect it by placing it into milk or saline.
- Go to your dentist or an oral surgeon IMMEDIATELY.
Replacement teeth should last for years at a time, so it is very important to know your options and choose a treatment plan that is right for you such as the following:
- Fixed Bridges.
- Removable partial dentures.
Whatever option you may be leaning towards, the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute can help you decide what is best for you. Call us today to set up a consultation at (435) 238-7083.
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