How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

Posted by Seaman Family Dentistry Jul 26, 2023

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Accidents can happen at any moment, and a knocked-out tooth is a distressing experience that requires immediate action. At Seaman Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of quick response and the potential for saving a dislodged tooth. We'll help guide you through the essential steps to take if you or a loved one ever face this dental emergency, but by following these easy steps, you can significantly increase the chances of preserving your natural smile. 

Stay Calm and Act Quickly

In the event of a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence, and your immediate response can make a significant difference in the tooth's survival. Locate the tooth, if possible, and handle it by the crown (the top part that you bite with) rather than the root. Avoid touching or cleaning the root, as this can damage the delicate tissues needed for reattachment.

Rinse Gently and Reinsert the Tooth (if possible)

If the tooth is clean and free of any debris, and you feel confident doing so, try to reinsert the tooth into its socket. Gently guide the tooth back into place, making sure it's facing the right way. Hold the tooth in position using light pressure or bite down on a clean cloth or gauze to keep it in place. The goal is to keep the tooth moist and in its natural environment until you can reach a dentist.

Preserve the Tooth Correctly

If you cannot reinsert the tooth, preserving it correctly is crucial. Place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or a tooth preservation solution recommended by a dentist. These liquids help keep the root cells alive and improve the chances of successful reattachment. Avoid using tap water or wrapping the tooth in a tissue, as this can harm the root and lower the chance of saving the tooth.

Seek Immediate Dental Care

Contact Seaman Family Dentistry or your nearest emergency dentist immediately after the accident. Provide a detailed explanation of what happened and the steps you've taken to preserve the tooth. An emergency appointment should be made to maximize the chances of successful reimplantation.

Things to Avoid

While waiting for professional care, there are some things you should avoid in order to protect the tooth. Refrain from touching the tooth's root, using aspirin or painkillers directly on the affected area, or trying to put the tooth back in with force. These actions can worsen the situation and decrease the tooth's viability for reattachment.

Our team of experienced professionals at Seaman Family Dentistry is here to help. We understand the importance of preserving your natural teeth as our first priority and will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your smile. Your oral health and satisfaction are our top priorities, so don't hesitate to reach out to us in case of any dental concerns.

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