I was hit by a lightsaber. My lip bled and is still swollen, but that’s no big deal. I consider that an honorable battle wound. However, this morning I noticed my front tooth is loose. At first, I thought I was imagining it, but the more I wiggle it the more I’m sure. IS there any way this can be saved or am I going to lose a front tooth? If it can’t be saved, what do I do?
It sounds like you’re a fun mother. Truthfully, George Lucas has done a great deal to keep the dental industry in business. Those lightsaber fights keep bringing them into the office. Now, the first thing I want you to do is stop wiggling that tooth. Seriously. Stop it!
Your teeth have ligaments which help hold the tooth in place. the more you wiggle it the more you stretch the ligament. If it gets stretched too much it will snap.
Whenever you have a loose adult tooth it is considered a dental emergency. You need to get in to be seen right away. If you don’t have a dentist, you can do an internet search for an emergency dentist. These are simply general dentists who are willing to treat non-established patients in cases of emergencies.
Saving this Tooth
There’s still a chance the tooth can be saved, but you need to get in to see the dentist soon. He’ll do some x-rays to check for internal damage. If it looks like the tooth can be saved, he’ll then likely stabilize it with some form of a splint. That will give the ligaments a chance to heal.
If there’s internal damage, they may still be able to save it with a root canal treatment and dental crown.
If the Tooth Can’t be Saved
While obviously, the first priority is saving the tooth if it can’t be saved, things aren’t hopeless. These days, there are great tooth replacement options. The best choice is a dental implant. It will be like having a healthy natural tooth again.
This blog is brought to you by Fountain Valley Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.