If you have lost one of your permanent-or adult-teeth, you may be left feeling a little stressed and wondering what your options are now. No worries, Robstown Smiles is here to help. Continue reading to learn more about what to do if you lose a permanent adult tooth.
Causes of Tooth Loss in Adults
Tooth loss can be caused by a few different variables:
- Poor bone quality
- Gum disease
- Blunt force trauma
- Extensive decay
How to Handle The Situation
Of course, losing a tooth can be a stressful and worrying experience, but it is crucial that you remain calm and immediately contact an emergency dentist and ask for an emergency appointment.
If there is bleeding, clean the area and place either a clean towel or some gauze in the affected site inside the mouth. Bite down to apply pressure, if possible.
If you are able to locate the tooth that you have lost, you can attempt to keep it “alive” by doing any one of these things:
- Place the tooth inside its original socket
- Place the tooth between your cheek and gums
- Place the tooth in a glass of milk
Your chances of saving the natural tooth are much higher if you are able to keep it alive and bring it to your dentist.
Options for Replacing The Tooth
If you are not able to locate the lost tooth or if the dentist determines that they can not save it, he or she will thoroughly discuss your options for replacing it, such as dentures, implants, or a bridge. Rest assured that no matter the outcome of the situation, your dentist will help you successfully manage it and ensure that your smile can remain healthy and beautiful.
For more information about Robstown Smiles or to get scheduled for an appointment in our Robstown, TX office, give us a call at 361-933-0124.