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Dealing with an avulsed tooth? Time is of the essence when it comes to treatment.
Millions of American children and adults deal with avulsed teeth each year, and while our emergency dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, understands how intimidating this problem can be when it arises, it’s important that you seek treatment right away from our office Forest Hills, NY. After all, when a tooth is promptly treated during an emergency, it can often be saved.
Here are the steps that you should take to increase the chances that your avulsed tooth can be replanted by Dr. Lestz:
Handle the tooth by the crown only
Find the tooth right away and make sure to handle it only by the crown and never the roots.
Rinse off the tooth
If debris is on the tooth, run water over it to gently clean the material off. Do not scrub the tooth or use toothpaste or any soap—let the water run over the tooth and do not dry the tooth off or place it in a towel.
Place it back in the socket
As soon as you rinse off the tooth you should try to carefully place the tooth back into the socket immediately. Do not force the tooth, but try to gently push the tooth back into place, making sure only to handle the tooth by the crown. Try and hold the tooth in place by biting down gently or by using your finger.
Don’t let the tooth dry out
The best thing you can do is try and place the tooth into the socket before seeing your dentist; however, if the tooth won't fit, it’s important to keep the tooth moist and to not let it dry out. You can do this by holding the tooth in your mouth between the gums and your cheek or by placing it in a container with milk. Then, head straight to our office so our emergency dentist can save your tooth!
Concerned? Come to our office
If you are dealing with a knocked-out tooth or another dental emergency in Forest Hills, NY, it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn right away. Call our dental office today at (718) 544-9100 to let us know what’s going on. We provide same-day appointments with our emergency dentist.
Knowing what to do in an emergency is an invaluable skill. Dental emergencies are unfortunately common, and Dr. Richard Lestz, your emergency dentist in Forest Hills, NY, offers extended office hours to his patients as a way of managing emergencies that inevitably happen at inconvenient times. However, he also wants his patients to know how to manage a dental emergency, as well as understand the difference between injuries that can wait and those that need immediate treatment.
Any time a tooth has been knocked out or shifted, it is considered a dental emergency that needs to be treated by your Forest Hills emergency dentist right away. However, there are some steps you can take first to help ensure the tooth can be saved. First, use clean hands to see if the tooth can easily be replaced back in its socket and gently held in place. If it cannot, the tooth should be stored in a glass of milk or tooth-saving solution that can be purchased at any drugstore.
An abscess is also considered a dental emergency. These pockets of infection can develop from untreated decay or damage to a tooth. If you have severe dental pain accompanied by swelling, lymph node enlargement and a fever, contact your Forest Hills dentist for immediate treatment to stop the infection from spreading to other areas of the body.
It can be difficult to discern what constitutes a dental emergency. There are many conditions that can be treated at home until your Forest Hills, NY, emergency dentist can evaluate them; they are unlikely to cause severe pain or complications. A chipped tooth, for example, can be covered with dental wax - usually used for braces - to keep the sharp edge from causing discomfort to your lips, tongue, or gums. Losing a crown, filling, or braces hardware can be disconcerting, but as long as there is no severe pain, you can typically wait to call your dentist during office hours.
If you're having a dental emergency, or have any questions, please contact Dr. Richard Lestz's office in Forest Hills, NY, right away.