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If you lose a tooth through a blow to the face or a fall, you may think that the damage is permanent. However, by keeping calm and acting quickly, you might be able to save the tooth and preserve your smile.

If you have a tooth knocked-out, try to find the tooth. If you can locate it, take care to handle it only by the crown. Don’t touch the roots. Gently rinse it with cool water, but do not wipe or scrub the roots. Rinse your mouth to remove any debris and blood, and then try to fit the tooth back in the socket. Don’t force it back in. If you can, hold it in place by gently biting down on it through a clean piece of gauze. If the tooth won’t easily fit in the socket, then submerge it in milk, a cup of your own saliva, or at the very least, water. If you can’t do any of those things, hold the tooth between your cheek and gums. As soon as possible you should call our dentists, Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs and Dr. Mabel Abraham for an emergency appointment. You need to see the dentist as soon as possible since your tooth can remain viable for about an hour. If the tooth can be saved, the dentist will secure your tooth with dental cement or wire so it can heal and the roots can reattach themselves. If it can’t be saved, the dentist will clean and repair the socket. In either case, the dentist will want to see you for a follow-up visit to check your progress and if necessary discuss your options for replacing your tooth.

If you have suffered a knocked-out tooth in Tomball, Texas, call Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates at 281-205-4717 immediately to schedule an emergency appointment, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.