What Should I Do If I Have a Tooth Knocked Out

If you have had a tooth knocked out then you are not alone, this happens to around 5 million Americans every year. Follow the steps below and there is a good chance that you can save your tooth.

How can I save a knocked out tooth?

Step 1 Find the tooth

Your tooth is most likely to be knocked out during an automobile accident or playing a sport. You will need to locate your tooth to save it. When it has been found be careful not to pick it up by the root, this could damage the tooth making it unlikely to save it. Instead, place your fingers on the crown, the part of the tooth that is usually visible.

Step 2 Rinse the tooth

If your tooth has fallen out of your mouth then it’s likely that it’s picked up some dirt. You should rinse it off with water only. Soap or other chemicals could damage the tooth making it unlikely to save.

Step 3 Carry the tooth to the surgeon

Your tooth can be put back in by the surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery. However, it needs to be carried there safely. The best thing to do is to place it between your gum and inside the inside of your check. If you are unable to do this then you can put it in a container with milk or Save-a-Tooth®. Never put it in water or wrap the tooth in a cloth or any other type of material, including first aid gauze, as this will damage the tooth.

Step 4 Call ahead to the surgeon

Your tooth needs to be put back in as quickly as possible so call ahead to Rotary Way Oral Surgery and let the surgeons know that you are coming. They can have the room ready to put your tooth back soon after you arrive. Let them know about your accident and your condition.

When you arrive, the surgeons will work to place your tooth back in its socket. You will also receive advice on how your tooth can make a good recovery.

What Happens If My Tooth Cannot Be Saved?

In the event that your tooth cannot be saved, the surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery recommend that you replace the missing tooth with a dental implant. It is the best option in replacing the function of your natural tooth. An implant consists of a strong titanium post attached to the jaw with a natural-looking crown, making up the visible part above the gum line. It will be difficult to differentiate the appearance of a natural tooth with an implant making up the aesthetic advantages. The implant will also promote jaw bone strength. This will then reduce the chance of other teeth falling out. The whole process will be coordinated between your regular dentist and the surgeon.

How Can I Reduce The Risk of Having My Tooth Knocked Out?

As mentioned before, many of the injuries that result in tooth loss occur during sports or automobile accidents. So it’s important to protect yourself with the appropriate safety equipment whilst carrying out these activities.

If you are playing a contact sport then the use of a gum shield or a helmet can help protect your teeth.

Always remember to use your seat belt whilst traveling in an automobile. This will prevent you from impacting the steering wheel or front seat during a collision.

You may also lose your tooth to decay or gum disease. You can reduce this risk by brushing your teeth well at least twice a day and flossing at least once. You should also visit the dentist regularly to have your teeth and gums checked for any irregularities.

Don’t hesitate to call the surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery if you have had a tooth knocked out or are experiencing any other dental emergency.

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