Have you or any of your family members injured a tooth these past few months? Maybe you got a little overzealous with some corn on the cob, maybe your daughter tripped during a game of tag and chipped her tooth, or maybe your mother chipped her tooth on a walnut, we can help fix these broken and loose teeth!
Dassani Dentistry wants to restore your chipped, cracked, broken, or loose tooth to as much of its previous health and appearance as we can, so we’ve given you some tips for how to take care of the situation until you can get in to our Houston office.
However a tooth gets fractured, cracked, chipped, broken, or knocked loose, what matters is how you respond to the situation. Here are some pointers if you find yourself dealing with a tooth injury:
Are your loose teeth still attached?
Leave it there! No matter how loose it is, whether it’s hanging on by a thread; if it is connected in any way, do not try to remove it. It really is best to keep the tooth in your mouth. Call Dr. Meghna Dassani as soon as possible and we can give you pointers on what to do next. If you’re in the Houston area we will do our best to fit you in to an emergency appointment.
If the tooth is out of your mouth
First, if you find the tooth on the ground or in some other dirty place, make sure to rinse it off in lukewarm water. Don’t try to disinfect it, scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it, however. Most importantly, do not let it dry out! All of these factors will make it very hard for Dr. Meghna Dassani to put the tooth back in your mouth. Preserve the tooth in milk until you can get to our office, or lukewarm water can be substituted if milk is not available.
Now get to the office!
Time is the most important factor determining whether or not Dr. Meghna Dassani will be able to get the tooth back in your mouth or repair it successfully. Less than 30 minutes is really the optimal choice, but re-implantation and repair are still possible after several hours when the tooth is properly cared for.
If you or a family member has broken or lost a tooth be sure to call us from anywhere in the Houston area for advice on what to do next! We have emergency appointments available for your convenience.
About Meghna Dassani, DMD
Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!