First things first – Having teeth knocked out is very common. Around 5 million teeth get knocked out in children and adults annually. Although, it can be unsettling and cause a lot of inconvenience to have teeth knocked out, reimplantation or a tooth replacement is still possible. If your teeth have been just knocked out, it can be successfully reimplanted if you act quickly.
The blog below will guide you about what to do if your teeth get knocked out and how the Family Dentist at the Richmond Hill Dental Office can help you out.
When your tooth gets knocked out, treat it only till the part where you can see it physically. Do not touch or disrupt the roots. If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse the tooth with water. Keep the tooth moist at all times. However, take care that you do not rinse it with soap. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or water mixed with a dash of salt. Some pharmacies also have tooth preservation kits for such emergencies. Visiting the Family Dentist at the Richmond Hill Dental Office within the first 30 minutes to an hour of the accident will give the best chance of a successful reimplantation.
If the tooth has been gone for a while, do not worry. There are tooth replacement options available according to cost, permanency, and effectiveness. Two popular dental replacements are dental bridges and dental implants.
A dental bridge fills in the gap left by a missing tooth by latching on to nearby teeth. The bridge is used to replace missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge is implemented by placing crowns on the two teeth on either side of the missing teeth. An artificial tooth is attached to the crowns so it can’t be removed or displaced even when someone is talking or eating. The dental bridge ensures that the other teeth are not damaged by distributing the pressure of daily functions such as eating and talking on surrounding teeth. The bridge also keeps the teeth from drifting out of place due to the gap.
Dental implants are used as replacements for tooth roots. A rod like structure is placed on the jawbone and fused with the bone as a permanent replacement. Once the implant has fused with the bone only then will a replacement tooth be placed on the implant. Dental implants are the most permanent way of replacing missing teeth and they improve appearance, speech, and chewing functions.
Family Dentist in Richmond Hill
There are many more dental replacement options available. To learn more about how we can help you after a tooth has been knocked out, visit our Family Dentist in the Richmond Hill Dental Office. We can show all our dental replacement options and determine which the best fit is for you. Choosing the best possible treatment for your reimplantation helps patients get back to their daily routine with confidence and also boosts their self-confidence and social life.