Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Summer camp activities, participation in outdoor sports and sometimes just bad luck can result in a dental accident. However, even if a permanent tooth is knocked right out, don't despair, as there's still a chance the tooth can be saved.
The first thing to do is find the tooth and, holding it by the crown, gently rinse off the root of the tooth with clean water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently place the tooth back in its socket and have the patient bite down softly to keep it in place. If the tooth belongs to a child or if the patient is not in the position to keep the tooth safely in his or her mouth, put the tooth in a cup of milk. Call our office immediately at 734-425-4530 as quickly as possible in order to have the best chance of saving the tooth. If our office is closed an emergency phone number will be provided so you can reach Dr. Joboulian right away!
In some cases we can save the tooth; in other cases it just doesn't work, and we need to discuss options for a replacement tooth. Whether it's a partial denture, bridge or a dental implant you choose, the important thing is to fill the gap left by the missing tooth as quickly as possible. The reason is that a missing tooth leaves a gap in your mouth (which is unattractive, at best) and room for surrounding teeth to drift out of position. This shifting can change your bite, potentially leading to cavities, gum disease and bite problems that could cause pain in your jaw. A replacement tooth will keep your other teeth in line and help you avoid orthodontic treatment down the road.
Of course the best treatment is prevention, so ask us about custom mouthguards to help protect your active lifestyle.