Many people find the idea of losing adult teeth frightening, especially if facial trauma is involved. While dentists can treat many tooth injuries, more severe tooth and mouth injuries require procedures best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as complex extractions, tooth replacement, and sometimes even bone grafting procedures. In fact, oral surgeons are experts in treating facial injuries of all kinds, and many oral surgeons remain on call at hospitals to treat emergency facial trauma patients.
All of us at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery understand how scary it can be to lose or break a permanent tooth. To help guide you through this experience, we’ve listed some instructions below to minimize discomfort and improve the chances of saving your natural tooth. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, we offer a wide variety of dental implant options to restore your oral function and smile.
Broken Teeth: If you break a tooth, contact your oral surgeon or dentist right away. Before making your way to the office, gently rinse your mouth with water, then bite on gauze or a damp tea bag to stop any bleeding. Use an ice pack to minimize pain and swelling. You can also control pain with ibuprofen or Advil.
While accidents or biting on hard objects can cause tooth damage, often internal problems, like cavities, contribute to a tooth breaking. Visiting a dental professional early ensures that your condition will be treated properly, whether you need a tooth repaired or restored with dental implants.
Knocked-Out Teeth: Following these instructions and bringing your tooth to an oral surgeon within 30 minutes will give you the best chance at restoration.
Only handle the chewing edge of the tooth and do not touch the root. The tissues attached to the tooth can be important for replacement, so do not wipe off or touch any tissue attached to the tooth. Submerge the tooth in some whole milk or saliva to keep it preserved until you reach the office. Do NOT try to clean the tooth using any sort of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Bite down on gauze to slow any bleeding and replace the gauze every 10-15 minutes until it comes out clean and the bleeding stops.
Oral surgeons are extensively trained in tooth replacement. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, we offer a multitude of permanent solutions like dental implants. Your oral surgeon will also examine surrounding facial and muscle tissues to ensure your face’s aesthetics and functionality remain.
Hopefully, you’ll never need to use these instructions, but it’s always best to be prepared. Contact our office right away if you have suffered a facial trauma or lost a tooth. We will do our best to schedule your appointment quickly—for most facial injuries, we will fit you in the day you call. Our surgeon specializes in tooth replacement through the placement of dental implants, and we are confident that we will find the right treatment to fit your needs.