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Follow-Up Care After a Tooth Has Been Knocked Out

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Accidents can happen at any time, and a knocked-out tooth is one of the dental emergencies that require immediate attention. At Harmony Dental of Sherman Oaks, we understand the urgency of such situations and the importance of follow-up care after a tooth avulsion. In this article, we’ll outline the steps to take if a tooth is knocked out and the follow-up care required for optimal recovery.

Immediate Actions

Handle the Tooth Carefully

When handling the knocked-out tooth, avoid touching the root. Hold it by the crown (the visible part) and rinse it gently with water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub the tooth or use any cleaning agents.

Try to Reinsert the Tooth

If possible, try to reinsert the tooth back into its socket carefully. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Hold the tooth in place by gently biting down on a clean piece of cloth or gauze.

Preserve the Tooth

If reinserting the tooth isn’t possible, keep it moist to increase the chances of successful re-implantation. You can place the tooth in a container with milk or your saliva. Avoid using tap water, as it may damage the tooth.

Seek Immediate Dental Care

Contact Harmony Dental of Sherman Oaks or visit our office immediately for emergency dental care. The sooner you seek treatment, the better the chances of saving the tooth.

Follow-up Care

After the emergency dental treatment, it’s essential to follow up with your dentist to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. Our dentist in Sherman Oaks will provide you with specific aftercare instructions tailored to your situation, which may include:

Pain Management

You may experience some discomfort after the reimplantation. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage the pain.

Soft Diet

Stick to a soft-food diet for a few days to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the treated area.

Oral Hygiene

Maintain good oral hygiene, but be gentle around the treated area when brushing and flossing.

Follow-up Appointments

Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor the healing process and address any concerns.

At Harmony Dental of Sherman Oaks, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care, including emergency treatments, to our patients in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Hollywood, and Westwood. If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. Your prompt action and our expert care can make all the difference in saving your precious smile.

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If you have any questions or would like to discuss your symptoms, contact our office for a prompt response.

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