I’m living one of my childhood nightmares. I don’t know what happened, but one of my teeth just fell out. What do I do?
You need to see your dentist as soon as possible to have any chance of saving this tooth. Call them now. They’d consider this a dental emergency and will get you in right away. In general, to even have a chance of saving a lost tooth you have to get to your dentist’s office within 30 minutes for treatment.
If you don’t have a regular dentist, many dentists are willing to see non-established patients in case of an emergency like yours. Here are some tips for keeping the tooth viable.
- Only hold the tooth from the crown. Never touch the root.
- Keep the tooth moist. Ideally, you could gently place it in a cup of milk.
- Call the office so they know you’re coming with a detached tooth. Time is of the essence.
Reasons You Can Lose a Tooth
Once that is handled, it is time to sit down and have a conversation with your dentist about why this happened. There are countless reasons you can lose a tooth. I’ll give three.
Advanced Gum Disease
One of the few things which will cause your teeth to just fall out is advanced gum disease. If this what you are dealing with it is very serious. You will continue to lose teeth unless you get it treated.
Trauma to Your Tooth
If you’d had an accident or someone struck you, this can cause your teeth to come loose and even fall out.
Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
A lot of patients grind or clench their teeth. This causes a lot of damage to your jaw along with your teeth. It can lead to TMJ Disorder. It can also crack your teeth or cause them to come loose. If you see a dentist regularly, they should warn you of the signs of these activities.
This blog is brought to you by Vero Beach Dentist Dr. Rick Root.