A broken tooth almost always constitutes a dental emergency. Fortunately, Katz Family Dentistry is available a few Saturdays a month. Dental emergencies often happen outside of office hours. The dentist even has some recommendations for dealing with a broken tooth, but immediate dental care is especially important
What Exactly Happened to Your Tooth?
Not all broken teeth are the same. Your tooth may have been knocked out altogether, you may be missing a chunk of your tooth, or your tooth may be loose after getting hit in the mouth. Finally, you can lose parts of your tooth due to a cavity or an old filling. Depending on what the status of your tooth is, there are different treatment options available.
If you’re dealing with a knocked-out tooth, you should preserve it in milk, water, saliva, of Hank’s balanced salt soultion until you can get to the dentist office. Don’t touch the roots of the tooth because there is a chance it can be reinserted in your mouth. If you’re bleeding, it’s important to apply pressure to the wound. In any case, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.
How Can Your Dentist Help?
If possible, your dentist will try to save your tooth. There will be X-rays to access the damage inside of your mouth. A knocked-out tooth can sometimes be reinserted, and a broken tooth might be splinted to its neighboring teeth. If the tooth can’t be saved, then your dentist will talk to you about your options to restore your smile, which could include a dental crown, a filling, an implant, or a bridge.
Are you dealing with a knocked-out tooth? It’s important to see a dentist right away to prevent infection and possibly save the tooth. Give the office at Katz Family Dentistry a call to make an appointment at (585) 671-2340. Dr. Katz and his staff pride themselves on the quality of service they offer to every patient. You can learn more about the services they offer on their website.