When we’re young, we lose baby teeth constantly. Losing a permanent tooth is a different story.
Have you ever wondered what to do if you accidentally knock out one of your adult teeth? Unless you’re a hockey player, the answer is probably “no.” However, it’s important to be prepared with knowledge and a plan of action if you do have a knocked out tooth.
Find the Tooth
Don’t assume that there’s no hope for reconnecting a knocked-out tooth!
If you can, find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the chewing surface). Your dentist may be able to reattach it if you get to the clinic in time.
If the tooth is dirty, gently clean it off with water or milk. Be very careful not to disturb the tooth’s root (the area at the top where to tooth was previously attached to the gum).
Place the Tooth Back in Your Mouth
If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place by closing your mouth or holding it in place with your fingers.
This will keep the root stable and undisturbed as you make your way to your dentist’s office.
Keep the Tooth Moist
It’s important to keep the tooth moist after picking it up. If you’ve placed it back in your mouth, try to produce enough saliva to keep the entire tooth moist.
If you can’t place the tooth in your mouth, place it in a cup of milk and make sure it’s completely submerged. It’s especially important to keep the root of the tooth moist as you make your way to your dentist’s office.
Visit Your Dentist As Soon As Possible
If you can, visit your dentist immediately following the loss of a permanent tooth. If you visit your dentist within an hour of knocking the tooth out, he or she may be able to reattach it.
Your dentist will assess your mouth for other injuries and can prescribe the appropriate medication to help control your pain. He or she will also schedule any needed procedures to repair mouth injury or tooth damage.
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