Steps to Take If Your Child Loses a Permanent Tooth

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If an accident happens and your child has a tooth knocked out , it is important to act quickly. Knowing what to do in this type of an emergency can help save the tooth and reassure your child. It is possible that a knocked-out tooth can be replanted into the jaw.

When picking up the tooth, do not touch its root. Pick it up by the crown and try to replace it within the jaw. Pack your child’s mouth with sterile gauze to hold it in place. If there is no gauze handy, use a clean towel or tissue to hold the tooth in the mouth. If you cannot place the tooth into the socket, place it in a cup of milk. Water can be used if no milk is available. If you are able to get your child and the tooth to the dentist within an hour, there is a high chance that the tooth will survive.

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Even if the tooth can’t be saved, there are several orthodontic options for permanent tooth loss. University Associates in Dentistry are leaders in placing  dental implants . We serve the Chicago area with restorative and cosmetic dentistry, permanent denture replacement, and more. Call us at (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment. 

How Mouth Guards Help Prevent Dental Injuries

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As the official TEAM dentists for the Chicago Blackhawks, University Associates in Dentistry knows how important it is for athletes to protect themselves from oral-facial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of oral-facial injury sustained when playing sports, and studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth if they’re not wearing mouth guards. Whether you play a full-contact sport like football or simply like to rollerblade on the weekends, a properly fitted mouth guard is essential.

A mouth guard offers the best protection against oral-facial sports injuries and can help you avoid time spent in the dentist’s chair with an avulsed tooth. The most common types of mouth guards include stock, boil and bite, pressure-laminated custom made, and vacuum custom made. Stock mouth guards come preformed and ready to wear; therefore, they don’t offer the best protection because they aren’t custom fitted to you. Boil and bite mouth guards are first softened and then inserted into the mouth to harden and form around the shape of your teeth. For complete protection, UAD recommends custom-fabricated mouth guards that we design specifically for you after careful diagnosis.

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To find out more about our sports dentistry services, including preseason screenings and examinations,  call UAD  at (312) 704-5511 today!


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