Help! What do I do about a tooth that was knocked out?

I am a mom of a two active boys. So I see falls all the time. But, we met some friends at the park and my friend’s daughter took a nasty fall. When we ran over to her, we saw what no mother wants to see. She had a mouth full of blood and after closer inspection her tooth was knocked out. We were freaking out because we didn’t know what we were supposed to do? Do you have any tips? I would have felt a lot better knowing what we were supposed to do.

-Sarah in Montana

Sarah,

One of the most frequent emergency dentist visits is because of a knocked out tooth. The big question is, was it a baby tooth? If it is a primary tooth and not a permanent one, the response isn’t as urgent. Call your dentist, they may want to see her to have an exam and make sure there isn’t any underlying damage to the permanent tooth that hasn’t erupted. But otherwise, it’s not too big of a deal.

If the tooth was a permanent tooth, there are some important steps that will increase the chances of saving the tooth.

  1. Find the tooth or portion of the tooth and clean it.
  2. Put the tooth in a cup of milk. It is important that the tooth not dry out.
  3. Call your dentist immediately. It is possible that based on the break, the dentist will want you to place the tooth back in the child’s mouth after it has been cleaned. Some kiddos may be resistant to this, which is understandable.

The dentist will likely want to see the child right away. The treatment plan varies and could involve a root canal treatment, or a splint may assist the healing process. Whatever the case, time is critical. Try to get in immediately for the best outcome.

It’s not necessary that the dentist be a pediatric dentist. Just call your regular dentist and follow their instructions. If the child is already seeing a pediatric dentist, start by calling there.

Thank you for your question.

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What do I do after taking antibiotic for infected tooth.

It’s been almost two weeks since I have had this terrible toothache. When I went to the dentist last week, he gave me a prescription for an antibiotic called Keflex that I am supposed to take three times a day. He also gave me Flagyl to take too. It helped with the swelling a lot. But I noticed yesterday and today, it is all swollen up again. My gums are very irritated and hurt. The swelling has lessened from my face but it looks yellow to me. Will it eventually get better?

-Pam in Missouri

Pam,

Those antibiotics are used to help treat the infection, but they should not be the only treatment. If that is all that the dentist did for you, he or she does not now how to effectively treat a tooth infection.

Antibiotics alone will not solve the problem. When a tooth becomes infected, the tissue is dead inside the tooth. The dead tissue needs to be removed. A root canal treatment is used to clean out the inside of the tooth and will save it. If too much time passes and the tooth cannot be saved, it will need to be extracted. The infection will not get better on it’s own. You need to see another dentist and have it treated properly.

Antibiotics are used along with a root canal treatment to address the swelling. But it cannot be understated how important it is to have the teeth treated. The swelling in your face is also concerning. Infections can spread all over the body and if left untreated can become life threatening. You need to schedule an emergency dentist appointment, as soon as possible. Maybe there was some kind of misunderstanding with the dentist you saw. But if he or she doesn’t know how to provide the right treatment, do a google search for an emergency dentist in your area.

Thank you for your question. You need to follow-up and get that tooth taken care of.

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Seems like Clear Choice is the cheapest option for implants.

I am a disabled Veteran so I’m on a fixed income. I need dental implants and went around town trying to find the best option. Clear Choice was by far the cheapest. I saw nearly five different dentists. Clear Choice was at $50K still, I told them my situation and they agreed to $30K. That’s more than half the cost than other dentists quoted me. I think I’m moving forward, but wondering if you’ve heard of complaints from Clear Choice? I have to take the most affordable option since there isn’t even a comparison at the fees they gave me compared to the others

-Michael

Michael,

Most Clear Choice complaints tend to revolve around their sales tactics. They don’t really offer too many options. Whenever someone is considering Clear Choice, it’s always wise to seek a second opinion. Well, for any type of dental implant procedure, it is always a great idea to seek a second opinion to explore your options and see different recommendations.

It sounds like your budget is a large factor in your decision. It also sounds like you have seen multiple dentists for implant consultations. Only you can decide if it’s the best option for you. Generally speaking, Clear Choice hires reputable, experienced doctors.

If you aren’t quite sure you’re ready to sign on the line, it may be worth it to take the Clear Choice price quote and return to a couple of the previous implant dentists you have seen. They may be more motivated to work with you on fees. Also, the mega price drop from over $50K to $30K is a bit suspicious. How can they drop that drastically? It makes you wonder if they originally marked things up extraordinarily. That doesn’t leave the best feeling or impression.

One last thing to consider is your age. You failed to mention that. If you have existing teeth that can be saved, it’s wise to keep them. Just be sure when you are price comparing that you are looking at the same treatment plans. It’s generally ideal to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible, versus having them extracted.

Good luck!

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Conned by dentist offering affordable dental implants?

When I heard I needed dental implants or a partial denture to replace a couple missing teeth, I knew right away I wanted a dental implant. The problem was that it wasn’t going to fit into my budget. So I kept asking around to see what all my options were. Some dentists suggested a dental bridge. Others swore that dental implants are the only option to provide long-term replacement. Then, I found a guy that said he offers affordable dental implants. He sounded like he knew his stuff so, I went for it. Now, I’m totally regretting it. I’ve had so many problems. One of them has already fell out and it’s only been a month. Have I been conned? It may be too late for me, but maybe this post will save someone else from falling into the same trap.

-Layla

Layla,

Sorry to hear that you have been having problems and that one of your dental implants failed. So here’s the thing. “Affordable dental implants” can be a great option if they are placed by a highly-skilled dentist. You could have payed the full traditional implant fee and still ended up with problems. The bigger issue at play here is that implant dentistry is not a regulated field within dentistry. This means any dentist can say they do dental implants without any extra training beyond dental school.

Dental implants actually have a very high success rate at 98% when they are done by dentist that knows what he or she is doing. There are many reasons why the dental implant may have failed. The body may have rejected it, the materials could have been substandard, the healing time may have been rushed, the placement could have been incorrect – it’s hard to say.

There are also mini implants which are also known as affordable dental implants. They are much smaller and the surgery to place them is much simpler. But they aren’t as strong as traditional implants, so not everyone is a candidate. It’s unclear if this is the procedure you had done.

It may be time to find a more experienced implant dentist to try and shed some light on what has happened with your case. Thank you for sharing. It can’t be said enough to anyone that is reading this post, it’s not about selecting the treatment, but all in the trust and experience level of the dentist you choose. Spend your time researching the dentist’s credentials, portfolio, and success rate vs. price shopping.

Thank you for your post.

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Can I get All-on-fours done in Mexico?

I hate my dentures. I’ve had them for 20 years now and have had all kinds of problems. I’m not that old either. Since I’m not even 50, I need teeth that work for many more years (hopefully). When I originally made the decision to get dentures, it was all I could afford. I have more cash flow not but I still cannot afford dental implants for every tooth. That is why I’m very interested in all-on-fours. I have been into a couple local dentists and had a consultation. The fees are still very high and the only way I can afford it is by taking out money from retirement or getting another mortgage. I’ve heard of people going to Mexico for dental work. Do you think I can save some money by crossing the border?

-James in Texas

James,

Please don’t go to Mexico. There is a lot of risk involved and there are no guarantees about the quality or standard of work you will receive. Dentistry in Mexico isn’t held accountable to the same standards as we are in the United States. If something doesn’t work out, there is no way to enforce them to fix it and if it is urgent, you don’t want to leave the country to have it addressed. Dental implants is one of the highest areas of malpractice in dentistry in the US. This should tell you that selecting the right implant dentist is imperative. It’s all about trust and expertise with dental implants and not price. You can be placing your health at extreme risk, as well as the success of the procedure if you aren’t careful.

The all-on-4 procedure is more affordable than a full set of dental implants. Continue talking with the implant dentists in your area and see if you can work out some more affordable payment options. Since there are only four dental implants placed, not all dentists will do all-on-four because there is risk for failure. You need to seek a highly skilled dentist that has a successful track record with this procedure or you may be costing yourself more expense in the long run if there are problems.

Do your research about the dentist’s credentials and ask to see examples of their work. Good luck to you!

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Can I get sedation dentistry during tooth whitening?

I have been wanting to get my teeth whitened for years but I always chicken out because I have very sensitive teeth. I’ve tried Crest white strips and other whitening products you get at the drug store and they make me very uncomfortable. My mom has teeth that are very sensitive and she told me she was in so much pain that she didn’t do anything the day after the whitening at the dentist. I want to know if I can be sedated for the appointment?

-Kathryn in Iowa

Kathryn,

Even for individuals that don’t otherwise have sensitive teeth, bleaching teeth can cause increased sensitivity. Since you know that you will be sensitive, you can make sure your dentist is aware of it. He or she may be able to provide you with a special desensitizing rinse or toothpaste that is used before the teeth whitening appointment. You may also benefit from taking an ibuprofen prior to the visit, as well.

Sedation dentistry is excellent for individuals that are anxious or fearful about dental care. But it really isn’t going to do anything for you at a teeth whitening appointment. This is mainly because the discomfort won’t occur during the appointment. The sensitivity will occur for a day or two after the work is done. Since sedation dentistry will do nothing to combat the discomfort afterwards, it isn’t the way to go. Be sure to communicate any discomfort during the appointment so your dentist can make the necessary adjustments throughout the appointment. Some sensitivity is normal. But you shouldn’t be dealing with pain. Make sure you have the dentist examine your teeth prior to the appointment if it hasn’t been done yet. This way any urgent needs can be addressed prior to the whitening appointment. Best of luck!

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How old do I need to be to visit the emergency dentist by myself?

I messed up and I don’t want to hear my mom nagging me about what I did wrong. I went snow boarding over the weekend and I didn’t have my gear on. She’s always harping on me about it and I’m embarrassed because I ate it and chipped a tooth. I’m not 18 years old yet, but I really want to handle this on my own. I’ll pay for it myself. Or maybe it’s not a dental emergency? Please let me know my options. I would love to get this handled without mom.

-Aidan in Utah

Aidan,

Although you’re not 18, you are trying to handle the situation in a mature way. So kudos for that. The next step needs to be coming clean with your mom. That would show a whole added level of responsibility. I know, that’s the exact opposite of what you wanted to hear. But it’s the law that an individual cannot give consent on medical or dental issues or care until they are legally an adult. Most states recognize this age as 18 years old.

You mom loves you. It may be hard to suck it up and tell her, but ultimately she will respect you for being honest. Sure she may be mad and play the, “I told you so,” card, but she will be in your corner. It also would be wise to include her so you get the best care and the dental emergency is taken care of properly. She likely has you covered on her insurance, so there is a good chance that part of the visit will be covered. Cash for treatment is always much more expensive. It would be the best to walk through this ordeal with your mom at your side.

The tooth needs to be checked out to establish how bad the trauma is. It may simply be a cosmetic fix, but an x-ray is needed to reveal what’s happening inside. Also, there is a chance that the tooth may not need to be treated. It would be in your best interest to get into an emergency dentist as soon as possible. This will ensure your needs are met the most conservatively which likely means it will be more economical too. Best of luck!

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How long will it take to recover from getting dental implants?

I have been putting off having dental implant surgery for a couple months. I finally have it scheduled for next week. But this is right before my vacation the following week. Is that going to be long enough of a recovery from the surgery? I don’t want my vacation to be ruined because I feel lousy. Do you think that one week is enough time?

-Paul in Nevada

Paul,

It is difficult to answer a questions like this because you didn’t really provide that much information about your case. For example, how many implants are you having placed? What are the locations of the implant posts? Are they in the front or back of the mouth? Is there any bone grafting that will be required? In addition to those factors, everyone deals with the placement of dental implants differently. So recovery time varies from case to case.

If you are just having one dental implant placed, you really won’t notice too much interference with your normal daily activities. In fact, you may be up for work the next day. Now, if you are getting an entire arch of teeth replaced and require tooth extractions, this is much more invasive of a procedure. You will likely be on pain medication and will be dealing with some pain and swelling. The more teeth that are impacted, the more soreness and pain you can expect.

If you are traveling out of town for vacation, you may want to reconsider. If for some reason you have some sort of dental emergency, you will likely want to get into see the implant dentist that did the work. Unfortunately, there are too many variables in play to provide a definitive response to your question. Talk to your doctor about your plans and ask his opinion about your post operative care and recovery time. Together you can make the right decision for your individualized needs. Good luck!

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