Few dental health issues have the power to frighten patients as much as tooth loss, particularly tooth loss resulting from an injury. In this situation, you can find yourself dealing with pain, and the understandable concern that your smile has been effectively ruined by this new gap created by your tooth’s absence. At our Prairie Village, KS dental practice, we offer patients access to emergency dental care in situations where they require prompt treatment. If you are in this situation, you should know that a quick response to the injury can make it more likely the tooth can be saved. However, if it is not possible to return the tooth to its original place, we can make arrangements to provide a modern dental prosthetic to help you.
Taking Care Of A Dislodged Tooth
If your tooth is knocked loose, you should take care to avoid putting pressure on it, and try to keep it secure as you travel to your emergency appointment. If your tooth is completely dislodged, and you are not able to put it back in place, make sure you only handle your dislodged tooth by its crown, not the root. When you travel with it, keep the tooth moist by carrying it in a container of milk. Unfortunately, even if you take the proper precautions, your tooth could be damaged too severely to be saved. With that said, handling it carefully can improve the chances that your dentist is able to put it back in place.
Treating Your Smile After Tooth Loss
The goal any time a patient comes in for emergency work is to make sure their oral health needs are entirely satisfied. Our practice will aim to do this while taking the most conservative approach to working on your smile, meaning we will try to save your tooth if possible. We can also talk to you about damage to neighboring teeth, and look at the possibility that you might need a root canal for any internal tooth damage. Our dental crowns can be designed to mimic natural teeth, so you do not have to worry about a restoration that calls unwanted attention to itself.
A Dental Prosthetic Can Restore Your Smile If A Tooth Is Permanently Lost
If your tooth is too damaged to be saved, our practice can talk to you about a modern prosthetic solution. With a dental implant, it becomes possible to secure an artificial tooth with dependable support that allows you to comfortably bite and chew. This also allows you to better sustain the health of your jawbone over time.
We Offer Prompt Emergency Care To Prairie Village, KS Residents!
At our Prairie Village, KS dental office, Dr. Browne is ready to help patients who experience dental emergencies! To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.