How to Fix a Knocked-Out Front Tooth
Getting a tooth knocked out is never fun. However, losing a tooth in an accident or injury does not mean that you’re stuck with a missing tooth forever. You’ve got options ranging from prompt emergency action to other restorative treatments!
What to Do for a Knocked-Out Tooth
Knowing what to do in the event of a knocked-out tooth can make all of the difference. If your tooth gets knocked out, gently pick it up by the crown (the chewing surface, NOT the root). If it’s dirty, you can rinse it with water. Don’t wipe or rub it with a cloth. Then, try to put the tooth back in its socket, if possible. If not, you can keep it in your mouth next to your cheek or in a glass of milk — the key is to keep it moist! Then, make your way to an emergency dentist as soon as possible. If you’re in the Monroe area, Dr. Kim and our qualified team are happy to assist.
What Are My Options If I’ve Had Missing Teeth for a While?
If you’ve been living with missing teeth for a while, our dental implant, bridge, or denture treatments can restore your smile to full function.
Dental implants are a more permanent fix that involves implanting a biocompatible titanium post in your jaw. As it heals, the rod fuses with your jawbone. Then, we’ll attach a dental crown on the top. Once the procedure is complete, your implant will look and function just like your natural teeth. Implants can also be topped with a bridge or denture.
Partial dentures and bridges are a great solution for people who are missing multiple teeth. Dentures are removable appliances that can help you talk, chew, and smile with confidence. A traditional bridge is fixed in place to bridge a gap from a missing tooth with an artificial tooth sandwiched between two crowns or two implants.
During your consultation, Dr. Kim will consider your oral health history, your goals for your smile, and your budget when determining the best option for restoring your smile. To ask our team any questions about our tooth replacements or to schedule an appointment at Donald Kim, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, contact our office today!
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