What to do when a tooth gets knocked out
If you lose a tooth in a dental accident, it’s important to follow a number of steps that may increase your chances of saving the tooth. The emergency checklist below tells you how to behave after a dental accident.
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (max. 10 seconds) under cold running water and reposition it. Once the tooth is back in place, bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position.
If the previous step is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or another suitable storage medium and bring it to the dentist or emergency clinic if after hours.
The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it inside the lip or cheek.
Avoid storage in water.
Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
How a dental implant can help you
We all lead active lives and sometimes accidents happen. It can be a shock to suddenly loose a tooth or several teeth, but dental implants can help you win back your smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium which replaces the missing tooth. The dentist inserts the implant into the jaw bone where the titanium then integrates with the bone. Just like your tooth root did before, the implant then builds a stable foundation for the crown, which will become the visible part of your new tooth.
Dental implants are very small, normally around 10 mm long and only 3-5 mm wide at the top.
Crowns and bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are also known as replacement teeth. They can be made of different material and are used to replace any tooth that is missing or beyond repair. Beforehand, a dental laboratory designs each replacement tooth individually, so that it matches the bite, look and feel of your other teeth.
A crown is used on a damaged tooth or on an implant.
A bridge can restore gaps between teeth. The outer parts of the bridge are placed on existing teeth next to the tooth gap, while the middle part replaces the lost tooth. Bridges can also be used on implants, usually when two or more teeth are missing.
Bridge or dental implant? – A comparison
To restore missing teeth, Dr. Phillips can also use a bridge. It consists of several replacement teeth that will literally bridge the gap. But using bridges on natural teeth can have several serious disadvantages:
Visible metal rims
Certain types of bridges, made of metal covered with porcelain, can lead to visible black metal lines at the rim of the bridge when your gums keep receding. An all-ceramic bridge can provide an alternative in such cases.
Sacrificing surrounding teeth
Bridges are anchored to adjacent teeth to keep them in place. This means, however, that these neighboring teeth must first be reduced in size.
Effects on jaw bone and gum
When you lose a tooth, it disturbs the interplay between teeth and bone. Gum and bone are no longer stimulated well enough, due to the missing tooth. Your jaw bone starts shrinking and your gum pulls back.
To avoid grinding down teeth and effects on jaw bone and gum, Dr. Brit Phillips can replace the tooth root to create a completely new tooth with a dental implant.
Speak to Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth dentist to find the solution that’s best for you.