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What To Do If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out

September 26, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilespecialist @ 3:15 pm
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No one wants to have a dental emergency, but accidents do happen. Anyone who’s ever had a tooth knocked out for whatever reason knows the panic and fear that come with it. Thankfully, your dentist is there to help you through it! Keep reading to learn about 5 steps you can take if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate circumstance.

Step #1: Stay Calm

If you’ve just had an accident that resulted in a tooth falling out, it’s important to stay calm. This can be hard, especially if you’re in pain or were taken by surprise. Take a few deep breaths to keep your heart rate calm. If you’re bleeding, find a clean cloth or some gauze, hold it over the socket of your tooth, and bite down. This should slow the flow until you can get to the dentist.

Step #2: Find the Tooth

In some cases, the tooth can be saved- but timing is essential. You won’t be able to put it back after about 30-60 minutes. If you’ve just sustained an injury, it’s imperative that you find the fallen tooth as soon as you can. When you do, pick it up by the crown and not by the sensitive root. This could damage it so that it cannot be put back into position.

Step #3: Keep it Moist

To keep the tooth viable, it’s important to keep it moist. Chemicals used to treat many public sources of water can damage the root of the tooth, so don’t put it into a glass of tap water. Instead, you can place it in a container with some milk, or even use some of your saliva.

Step #4: If Possible, Put It Back

The safest and most natural environment to store your tooth is back in your mouth. If you’re able, you can try putting the tooth back into its socket right away. Gently press it into place with your fingers (always touching the crown), then bite down gently. This can keep it in position until your dentist can assess the situation.  

Step #5: Call the Dentist

If you haven’t already, be sure you call your dentist! Let them know you’ve had an emergency, and they’ll work to get you in right away. They understand the importance of acting quickly and efficiently in these scenarios. Once you arrive, they’ll examine your condition to decide on possible treatment options.

It’s important to call your dentist first instead of an emergency room unless your life is in imminent danger. Only your dentist has the right instruments and expertise to effectively repair the damage. In many cases, even if they can’t redeem the natural tooth there are other options to restore or replace it. The best thing you can do to help yourself is remain calm, keep the natural tooth if you can, and get to your dentist as quickly as you’re able.

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Our dentists are experts with years of education in experience not just in general dentistry but also in implant dentistry and prosthodontics (making and placing prosthetic teeth). We offer same-day emergency appointments so you’re sure to be seen right away. We’ll work to address any pain you may be experiencing, as well as repair your damaged tooth. You are welcome to contact us on our website or by calling (561) 338-7535.

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