November 30th, 2017
Losing a tooth can be distressing, but try not to panic. If you’ve been injured in an accident or you’ve lost a tooth while playing sport, it may be possible to save the tooth. Here are 3 tips that may come in handy:
- Locate the tooth: if you’ve lost a tooth, try and find it. If you can find it, hold it by the crown and avoid touching the roots.
- Call your dentist: if you’ve lost a tooth, but you’ve still got it to hand, call your dentist as soon as possible and they will try and insert the tooth back into its socket. If you can get to us quickly enough, we should stand a good chance of saving the tooth.
- Re-implant the tooth: if you’re not close by or you fancy your chances as an amateur dentist, you can try and re-implant the tooth yourself. Gently clean it and then holding the tooth by the crown, push it gently back into the socket. If you can’t bring yourself to try, come and see us and we’ll do our best. While you’re on your way, keep the tooth in a glass of milk or lukewarm water or hold it carefully in the mouth between the cheeks and the gums (this is not suitable advice for children, as it carries a risk of choking.)
If you lose a tooth, try not to panic! We are here to help and we offer emergency appointments. We can also talk you through trying to place the tooth back in the socket yourself. If it’s not possible to save the tooth, we can go through some effective tooth replacement options with you. Prevention is always better than cure, so try and reduce the risk of dental injuries by wearing a mouth guard when you play sport and ensuring you have a seatbelt on in the car.
August 4th, 2017
Sometimes, accidents happen when you least expect them and that’s why we’re always ready to leap into action if you need urgent dental help. If you’ve lost a tooth while you’re out and about, we can help. Here is some useful information to help ease anxiety and get you smiling again if you do lose a tooth unexpectedly.
What to do if you lose a tooth
The first thing to do if you lose a tooth is locate the tooth. If you’re able to get help quickly enough, it may be possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out (this is also known as an avulsed tooth). Give us a call and let us know that you’ll be dropping in to see us and we’ll do our best to fix you up as quickly as possible.
If you are able to find the tooth, clean it very gently and make sure you hold it only by the crown section, rather than the roots. Once the tooth is cleaned, you can attempt to re-implant the tooth into its socket. If you can’t do it, or you don’t feel comfortable trying, you can leave this job to us. In the meantime, while you’re on your way, store the tooth in a glass of milk or tepid water. If you can get to us fast enough, our dentists will try their best to put the tooth safely back into the socket.
If it’s not possible to save the tooth, don’t panic. We have some excellent tooth replacement treatments we can use to restore your smile, including dental bridges and dental implants. Our dentists will go through the treatment options with you so that you’re able to make a well-informed decision.
Preventing dental injuries
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid injury, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of accidents, such as:
- Wearing a protective mouth guard for sports like boxing, hockey, rugby and lacrosse
- Wearing a seat belt
- Avoiding using your teeth to try and cut labels off or open bottles