When a child loses a tooth, it’s a memorable and magical experience waiting for the tooth fairy to bestow some money. Unfortunately, losing a tooth as an adult can be quite the opposite experience. When a tooth falls out, it is called an avulsed tooth. It’s actually one of the more serious dental emergencies.
Unlike baby teeth, permanent teeth don’t grow back. Therefore, if your tooth can’t be fixed, your next step is to decide how to handle the new gap left from the missing tooth. Don’t fret! You can arm yourself ahead of time by learning what to do if a tooth falls out. But first let’s explore what leads to tooth loss and how to prevent it.
For these reasons and more, it’s vital to take care of your teeth by regularly brushing and flossing, and getting a dental checkup every six months.
The most common causes of a tooth falling out are:
More than 178 million people have lost at least one tooth as an adult, and these numbers are expected to grow. While you may be doing everything in your power to keep your teeth healthy and intact, it’s a very real possibility that you could lose a tooth at some point in your adult life. The key is to understand what you need to do if it happens to you.
If your tooth falls out, and you’re able to find it, there’s a possibility that it could be reimplanted back into your gums. However, the time frame for reimplantation of your original tooth is small – only about an hour or so.
Therefore, you don’t want to delay calling your dentist. In order to increase your chances for successful reimplantation, it is important to preserve your tooth until you get to the dentist by following these steps:
As mentioned earlier, it is very important to visit the dentist as soon as possible after you lose a tooth. When you arrive at the office, your dentist will inspect your gums, clean the affected area, and, if you still have the tooth, attempt to reimplant your tooth into your gum. When you lose a tooth, you run the risk of infection – therefore, it is important to be mindful of how your gums feel after your dental visit. If you notice they’re swollen or painful, let your dentist know immediately.
If your tooth can’t be saved, there are other options available, such as implants, dentures, bridges, or crowns. It is essential that you get your missing tooth replaced, and it isn’t just for cosmetic purposes. Of course you want a beautiful smile without gaps. However, you need to replace the tooth to preserve your dental health. A gap in your teeth actually compromises the surrounding teeth and gums by making them more vulnerable to decay and gum disease.
Not replacing the tooth also raises your risk for bone loss due to inactivity. The benefits of replacing your missing tooth include helping you chew better, speak better, and have a better smile. Replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant can help make you feel more confident and ensure future dental health.
If your tooth falls out, replacing the missing tooth is important for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Dr. Ernie Soto and his friendly, helpful staff are here to offer you the best in oral health care and implant dentistry.
To make an appointment, give us a call at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment online. Let us help you get the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve.