The periodontal ligaments and other tissues that hold your teeth in their sockets are very strong. However, there are times when an accident like a hard fall or a blow to the face when you’re not wearing your athletic mouth guard, where a tooth can be knocked out. The severity of the injury and any potential damage to the tooth will have a major impact on your treatment and restoration options.
If the tooth was knocked out cleanly there is a chance Dr. Phuong Nguyen can implant it back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success the tooth needs to be whole and alive. Time is of the essence!
You can preserve the tooth by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth preservation products available for sale that are filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the knocked out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will do a good job of keeping the knocked out tooth alive for a short time, and often more effective at keeping a tooth alive.
If the tooth was deeply fractured, and a little of it still lodged in the socket, then chances are Dr. Phuong Nguyen will need to extract the remainder of the tooth from your gums or perform a root canal to restore the tooth.
If the tooth is lost, there are a variety of treatment options Dr. Phuong Nguyen can recommend. This might include a dental implant or restoring the tooth with a bridge. If multiple teeth were knocked out in a single spot, you might choose to be fitted for a partial.
If you’ve just had a tooth knocked out, you need to call Tacoma Washington Dentist as soon as possible at to schedule an appointment.