I used to have nightmares about my front teeth falling out. Well today one of my back teeth fell out. I’m not sure what happened. It had been hurting for a while, but then stopped. I’m worried this can happen to the rest of my teeth. The problem is I’m terrified of the dentist. Is there anything I can do from home to help this.
In general, there are two reasons that will cause your teeth to suddenly fall out. One is trauma. This is what likely happened to the hockey player above. When a tooth gets knocked out, it is imperative you get to the dentists withing 30 minutes. This gives the dentist the best chance of saving your tooth. You’ll want to hold the tooth by the crown and not the root. Be sure to keep it moist, either by keeping it between your cheek and gums or by placing it in a cup of milk. Hopefully, the dentist can reattach it. If not, then the dentist can help you understand your tooth replacement options.
The second reason for losing a tooth suddenly can be more serious and I suspect this may be what you are facing. It is the result of advanced gum disease. This causes bone loss and gum recession, leading to your teeth coming out. This will require interventive treatment to keep more teeth from falling out. Once you’ve got that under control, then you’ll be able to begin replacing the teeth you’ve lost. The best tooth replacement option is dental implants. You won’t be a good candidate for that until you have your gum disease completely under control.
When You Have Dental Anxiety
I know you were hoping for treatment you could do at home and avoid the dentist. Unfortunately, there is no way to treat either of these issues from home. The good news is, I have a way for you to have anxiety-free appointments. I want you to see a dentist who offers dental sedation.
There are varying levels of sedation available. The lightest range is nitrous oxide. This is sometimes called laughing gas. It will help relax you and enable the local anesthetic to work more efficiently. I suspect, because of your level of anxiety, you will require the next level of sedation— Oral conscious sedation. This is administered with a simple pill. However, it is so strong that you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You’ll likely even sleep through the whole thing.
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