What to Do (and What Not to Do)
First, check to see if the tooth is intact -- if it is not broken into pieces, it may be salvageable. Get emergency care as quickly as possible, ideally within the hour. The sooner it is anchored back into place, the better.
In the meantime, follow these steps:
We have doctors on site Monday through Saturday. We can usually schedule an emergency appointment the same day. You can schedule your appointment on our website, or by calling us at (512) 260-0111. You can also message us on our website (look for the Chat button at the bottom of the page). If it is outside of our business hours or you can't get here, you should go to the closest emergency room or urgent care center.
When You Arrive
First we will typically clean out the socket. Once the socket is clear of any dirt or debris, we will re-implant the tooth. Again, it is important that we do this as soon as possible, ideally within an hour of the accident.
We usually then splint the tooth using wire or composite material. This will keep the tooth in place while it attempts to reattach to the bone.
Since the nerves, blood vessels and surrounding tissue will likely be damaged, a root canal is almost always necessary. We may do this right away, or we may wait, depending on how long the tooth was out of the mouth and other factors.
If the bone around the tooth was not fractured, the root may reattach to the bone in about three to four weeks. But more recovery time may be necessary, depending on how severe the damage was.
We typically need to re-examine the tooth again in three to six months and then again at your annual check-up. We will want to keep watching that tooth carefully.
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