Take These Steps Immediately If You’ve Knocked Out Your Teeth

Take These Steps Immediately If You’ve Knocked Out Your Teeth

Getting a tooth knocked out is never anything you can plan for or expect. Maybe you fell while walking or got hit with a baseball gone astray. All that you know for sure is that in what seemed to happen very quickly, you got one or more of your teeth knocked out.

When your teeth get knocked out, it’s a dental emergency. Of course, you’ll want to call Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry immediately. But in the meantime, you should also take the following steps right away to protect your teeth.

Call the dentist immediately

Time is of the essence when it comes to knocked-out teeth. Dental emergencies like this need to be addressed within 30-60 minutes. Although we can still work with teeth if a longer time interval has elapsed, you have the best chance of saving the tooth when you can be seen within that time frame.

Handle your tooth gently

Your teeth have very fragile root systems. When your tooth gets knocked out, some of these roots may remain on your tooth. This is good if the roots remain on your tooth and you don’t want to do anything to disrupt them. Make sure to pick up the tooth by the crown (the chewing surface), not the roots.

Any tiny nerve fibers that remain on your tooth may help it reattach to your gums, but only if you do so quickly. Gently rinse off any dirt that remains on the tooth (don’t dry it with a towel.) Then, try to put it back into your mouth until you get to a dentist. Hold it in your cheek with your tongue if it can’t go back in place.

What to do if you can’t put it back in place

Although the best thing to do to save a tooth is to put it back in place in your mouth, this isn’t the only way.

The next best option is to put your tooth in a glass of cold, whole milk until you get it to a dentist. Hold it in place firmly, using a handkerchief or your finger.

What if you don’t have the tooth?

When your tooth got knocked out, maybe it landed somewhere you can’t find it. Or you might suspect that you swallowed it; if this is the case, we can identify it by using an X-ray.

However, if you lost your tooth due to periodontal disease, we can’t save it, no matter what you do. 

If you don’t have the tooth, you should still seek to be seen on an emergency basis as soon as possible. The dentist can discuss your options for replacing the tooth, which you’ll want to do right away. Even if you have lost your tooth and we can’t replace it with your original tooth, you won’t want to go for a prolonged period without having a tooth in place.

Missing teeth are not only cosmetically undesirable and embarrassing, but they can also change the function of your mouth. You’ll want to discuss options for its replacement, such as dental implants or a bridge.

Contact Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry right away if you’ve had a tooth knocked out. 

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