Steps to Take After Losing a Permanent Tooth

Dental Implants After Losing Permanent Tooth
September 11, 2018
by FastNewSmile®

At FastNewSmile we generally provide dental implants and dentures for patients who have experienced the loss of permanent teeth. Unfortunately, once a permanent tooth is lost, there is no visit from the tooth fairy, nor is there any chance that the tooth will grow back.

Usually, a lost tooth is due to an accident or a fight. However, sometimes the loss can be due to poor hygiene and gum disease. Regardless of how a tooth is lost, most adults don’t know what steps to take after the initial extraction. Before you plan out your dental implant appointment make sure you take these steps to keep your mouth healthy.

Before Thinking About Dental Implants Locate the Tooth

While this may seem like an obvious move, many people that lose their teeth usually just chuck them in the garbage and gear up for single dental implants. However, even if you plan on getting an implant to replace the tooth, having the tooth on-hand can be useful. This means that after you realize you have lost a tooth, make sure that you can find the tooth so that you can successfully carry out the next steps of recovering from this incident.

Once you are able to locate the tooth, make sure that you handle it properly. Your tooth will still likely have some vital tissue attached to it that can be useful between now and when you see a dentist or dental implant specialist.

We recommend picking up the tooth from the crown and not the root.

Examine the Root

Once you have the tooth in hand, examine the root. Is it dirty? Are there undesirable foreign objects attached to it?

If so, it is time to clean off the tooth. However, this does not involve you scrubbing or even touching the root. In order to remove any grime from the tooth, rinse it off with milk, saline solution, or saliva.

Place the Tooth Back in Your Mouth and Head to an Expert

In order to have the possibility of reattachment or an accurate model for an implant, you will want to place the tooth directly back in the area where it once sat. From here, you will have to hold the tooth in place with gauze until you are able to get yourself to your oral care expert.

If your tooth will not stay in place, put it in a glass full of milk or saline solution. Water will only increase the risk of permanent loss.

FastNewSmile Replaces Your Accidental Losses

The loss of a tooth can not only be physically painful but emotionally as well. Having an incomplete smile is something that no one wants to live with. If you have lost a tooth and want your smile replenished, the professionals at FastNewSmile can help.

We specialize in dental bridges, implants, dentures, and more. Our goal is to make you proud of your vibrant smile in a short amount of time. Don’t let another missing tooth keep your smile from shining bright. Contact us today to find out how to schedule a consultation.