Dental trauma requires urgent treatment. And at the practice of Steven R. Feigelson, DDS, that’s exactly what you can count on. It’s unsettling, to say the least, to get one or more of your teeth knocked loose from their sockets, typically as a result of an accident or injury. Our Elwood dental office understands this, which is why we’re dedicated to gentle care and focused attention to your needs.
There are two states that your tooth can be in when it is separated from the socket. It can be still physically attached, which is referred to as dislodged. Or it can be completely free of the socket, or what is called avulsed. Both situations are alarming, and our Elwood dental office takes the appropriate action to address each properly. If the tooth is dislodged, try to delicately push it back into position. And with an avulsed tooth, it is crucial that it be kept moist. Place it in a container of milk or in warm water with a pinch of salt. You should immediately visit our Elwood dental office, though it is recommended that you call first to alert us to your arrival. Dr. Feigelson will assess the tooth and take x-rays. The best way to proceed will depend on several factors, especially if the tooth has sustained pulp damage. If not, it can be placed back in position and held in with orthodontic wire or a splint while it heals. Pulp damage means root canal therapy in an attempt to save the tooth.
For help with dental trauma, depend on us. Hospital ER’s are rarely equipped with what is needed for dental care, nor do they have dentists on staff. So unless you have other injuries that take precedence, reach out to us right away for expert and experienced treatment.