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A lost tooth can cause you to panic. Aside from the pain, dealing with a lost tooth is not like having a splinter removed. It can be traumatic, and you may wonder if the damage is permanent, and whether or not you will have to go through life without the tooth.

The good news is that often, a tooth can be saved or repaired. So the first step is not to panic. You need to call our office, Smiley Dental Broadway in Garland, Texas, and make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Lynh Pham. We’ll get you in as soon as possible.

In the meantime, there are some steps you can take mitigate the damage. If you have a tooth knocked out, you need to take steps to get the tooth back in the socket. The longer the tooth is out of the socket, the more cells on the root of the tooth die. You should aim to replace the tooth within 30 minutes for the best chance for success. You should rinse any debris from the tooth, but do not handle it by the roots. You should try to put the tooth back in the socket, and bite down very gently on it through a piece of gauze or a moist tea bag. If you can’t easily put the tooth back in the socket, immerse it in a tooth-preservation solution or milk; or you can hold the tooth between your cheek and gum until you can get in to see the dentist. Although 30 minutes is the optimum time to replace a tooth, there is a window of about two hours. If the dentist can stabilize the tooth, he may still have to perform a root canal. If the tooth cannot be replaced, you will need to discuss restoration options with your dentist.

If you have lost a tooth, or if it is time for your cleaning and examination, or if you are just looking for a family dentist, contact our office at 972.303.3600, and we’ll make an appointment for the dentist to see you.