Call us immediately in case of any of the following:
In case of a broken tooth, try to find the broken tooth fragment, keep it in saliva or milk, and bring it to the clinic. Dr. Oliveira will try to piece the part back together with adhesive and composite. If all else fails, she may use the fragment to reconstruct the original shape of your tooth as accurately as possible.
When a tooth is completely knocked out (avulsed) of the mouth, it should be put back in place as soon as possible. As the tooth must be clean, it can be gently rinsed without touching the root surface, and then properly repositioned.
In most cases, people come to the dental clinic so the dentist can place the tooth back in its socket. In this case, the same recommendations prevail regarding the conditions for preserving the tooth. However, the chances of success gradually decrease as time passes after the tooth has fallen out.
You may also want to see your dentist as soon as possible, but not as an emergency, when a filling, a crown or a bridge has fallen off or when you notice they are cracked. If any such restorations have been displaced, the tooth may be very sensitive and in some cases very fragile. The crown/bridge can be re-cemented, but when it has fractured or there is decay on the tooth, a new one will have to be fabricated. Lost fillings have to be remade, unless another problem is currently present in the tooth. In this case, adjunct treatments will be suggested.
If you or a loved one finds themselves in any of the above situations, call us and book an appointment. It will be a pleasure for us to help you!