What should I do if I have a tooth knocked out?
If you’ve lost a tooth, don’t panic! Call us to schedule an emergency appointment ASAP so we can help you save your tooth. In the meantime, keep calm and follow these recommendations:
- Check for other injuries, especially in the head. If any, visit a doctor first.
- Hold the tooth by the crown (the part that shows above your gums). Don’t touch the root.
- Rinse the tooth gently with clean water for about 10 seconds.
- Try to put the tooth back into the socket. If that’s not possible, put it in milk or your saliva. You can also hold it inside your cheek until you see your dentist.
- Act fast. The tooth needs to be re-implanted within 1-2 hours after the accident.
What will my dentist do?
If you manage to put the tooth back in its socket, Dr. Jensen will take an x-ray to make sure it’s positioned correctly. If not, he’ll put it in the right place. The bone can reconnect to the root of the tooth once it’s placed properly.
If you bring your tooth in milk or saliva, Dr. Jensen will clean it and place it back in. Then, he’ll splint the tooth to the teeth on either side to secure it. He will tell you when to come back to get your splint removed. He’ll also ask you to get your tooth checked in 3 to 6 months after the accident.
If you are unable to find your tooth, or it is not savable, there are options to replace the tooth.
Will I need other treatment?
If your tooth was re-implanted successfully, you may still need other treatment. The tooth may need a root canal, so be sure to follow up with your regular visits to monitor the tooth. If your tooth was lost or is not savable, a temporary partial denture can replace the space.
What if a child gets their baby tooth knocked out?
If a child knocks a tooth out, it should be treated the same as an adult tooth. Control the bleeding using a piece of sterile gauze and try to put the tooth back in place. Bring your child to the dentist ASAP for an examination.
Losing “baby teeth” is a normal part of life. However, losing them too soon can cause issues with other teeth. Dr. Jensen will use x-rays to find out if there are any problems that need to be addressed.
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