While it’s not fun to imagine, getting a tooth knocked out is a grisly possibility in many accidents. Be prepared in advance by knowing what to do in that situation.
Locate and Clean Your Tooth
Find the tooth that’s been knocked out and carefully pick it up. Handle it only by the crown (chewing surface) as much as you can. Avoid touching the root since this will have living fibers still connected to it. If you touch the root surface too much, you can destroy these fibers and reduce the chances of the tooth reattaching.
Clean the tooth in a bowl of clean water. You don’t need any soap. Don’t disturb the root fibers by cleaning them under running water.
Gently Rinse Your Mouth
Swish a little warm water around your mouth gently to get rid of blood and debris. Avoid vigorous swishing since that can make the bleeding worse. Adding salt to the water can help bring down some swelling.
Try to Replace Your Tooth
If you can reorient your tooth correctly, try to put it back in the socket. If you succeed, hold it in place by lightly biting it down onto a piece of gauze.
Securely Store Your Tooth
What if you can’t put your tooth in yourself? Store it in a small clean container of either milk or saliva. If you’re en route to the dentist, you can even hold the tooth in the side of your mouth between your cheek and other teeth.
See a Dentist ASAP
Call a dentist right away. If it’s outside of office hours or you can’t get an appointment with your regular dentist, call an emergency dentist or head to an emergency room.
Visit your dentist to get more tips on preparing for dental emergencies.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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