Have you gotten a little overzealous with some ribs and chipped a tooth? Did your daughter trip and hit her chin on the coffee table? Does your husband refuse to wear his mouthguard when he plays soccer?
We see St. Louis patients all the time who have chipped, cracked, broken, or knocked a tooth loose and we have a variety of ways to repair both the appearance and health of the injured teeth. In this blog post, our Ballwin office staff gives some tips for what to do in case of an tooth accident or mouth injury. We’re here to help!
If the tooth is still attached
Leave it there! No matter how loose it is, whether it’s hanging on by a thread; if it is connected in any way, do not try to remove it. It really is best to keep the tooth in your mouth. Call Dr. Postol as soon as possible and we can give you pointers on what to do next. If you’re in the Ballwin area we will do our best to fit you in to an emergency appointment.
If the tooth is out of your mouth
First, if you find the tooth on the ground or in some other dirty place, make sure to rinse it off in lukewarm water. Don’t try to disinfect it, scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it, however. Most importantly, do not let it dry out! All of these factors will make it very hard for Dr. Postol to put the tooth back in your mouth. Preserve the tooth in milk until you can get to our office, or lukewarm water can be substituted if milk is not available.
Now get to the office!
Time is the most important factor determining whether or not Dr. Postol will be able to get the tooth back in your mouth or repair it successfully. Under 30 minutes is really the optimal choice, but re-implantation and repair are still possible after several hours when the tooth is properly cared for.
If you or a family member has broken or lost a tooth be sure to call us from anywhere in the greater St. Louis area for advice on what to do next! We have emergency appointments available for your convenience . We would love to be your emergency dentist!