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How to Save a Damaged Tooth

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If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to take steps to save a damaged tooth before it worsens. Dr. Louie and his team understands the urgency of such situations, and we’re here to guide you through the process of preserving your tooth until you can reach our Los Angeles office.

Take Immediate Action

Time is of the essence when dealing with a damaged tooth. The sooner you act, the better the chances of saving it. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and remove any debris.

Handle with Care

Avoid touching the root of the tooth. Hold it by the crown (the part visible in your mouth) to prevent further damage or contamination.

Reposition if Possible

If your tooth is partially dislodged, try to gently push it back into its original position. Avoid exerting too much force, and don’t attempt to reposition a completely knocked-out tooth.

Add Fluids

If you can’t reposition the tooth, keep it moist by placing it in a container of milk or saliva. This helps preserve the tooth’s viability until you can see your dentist.

Apply Cold Compress

To reduce swelling and alleviate pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth near the affected area.

Remember, these steps are temporary measures to help save your tooth in the event of an emergency. It is essential to see a dentist as soon as possible for proper evaluation and treatment. Dr. Shervin Louie and our team at Shervin Louie, DDS here in Larchmont and Los Angeles, can provide prompt and effective care for your dental emergencies.