San Francisco patients ask, My tooth has been knocked out. What kind of dental care do I need?

My tooth has been knocked out. What kind of dental care do I need?

It’s not likely that your dentist is on speed dial. Most patients only think about dental care when it’s time for their twice-a-year checkup or if they have a toothache. However, in the case of a dental emergency, it’s important to know who to call, when to call, and what to do.

Losing an adult tooth is a common dental emergency. This can be caused by an accident or fall, and it never comes with advanced warning. Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco offers some advice about how to care for yourself, or your loved one, in the moments immediately after losing a tooth:

  • Make sure the patient is conscious and determine if the injury poses a medical threat. If the patient is not conscious or if the injury appears to be severe, call for medical help.
  • If the person is conscious and does not need medical attention, carefully collect the missing tooth. Be sure to avoid touching the tooth’s root. If it needs to be cleaned, use only water to gently rinse it.
  • Rinse the individual’s mouth with warm water and attempt to place the tooth back into the socket. Have the person bite on a soft cloth or gauze to hold the tooth in place. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, place it in milk or inside the cheek to keep it from becoming dry.
  • A sterile cloth can be used to control bleeding and a cold compress will minimize swelling.
  • Call the dentist immediately.
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Dr. Arellano has been serving patients in the San Francisco area for many years. He is committed to providing excellence in dental care, and that includes emergencies. If you lose a tooth, or experience another type of dental emergency, call Dr. Arellano’s office for a same day appointment.


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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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