Knocking out a tooth can be a traumatic experience, but a lost tooth can often be salvaged with the help of a qualified dentist. Prompt action is important in saving a tooth, so you should seek out professional dental care as soon as possible, either at your own dentist or an emergency dentist that can see you immediately. Here are four tips to keep in mind if you are faced with this type of accident.
1. Rinse off the Tooth
First, locate the tooth and rinse the blood and dirt off with plain water, holding it by the crown, not the root, which can be damaged by too much handling. If the tooth is in fragments, collect as many of these as you can. Do not rub or scrape the tooth, and do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the tooth. If there is bleeding in the mouth, have the person rinse with water. Have the person bite down on a small wad of gauze to help stop bleeding.
2. Try Placing the Tooth in Its Socket
If possible, try replacing the tooth into its socket. If some blood is in the mouth, have the person rinse it out with plain water. The individual can hold the tooth in place by biting down on a small piece of gauze or by holding it in position until the dentist looks at it.
3. Place the Tooth in a Container of Cold Milk
If the tooth cannot be put back into the socket until treatment has begun, place it in a small container with cold milk. This will help to keep the tooth moist until treatment can begin. Avoid excessive handling of the tooth before treatment.
4. See a Dentist Immediately
Contact your dentist immediately. If you cannot reach your dentist quickly, visit an emergency dentist like those with Abougoush Professional Corp or an office in your area. It is important to get dental care for the tooth within ten minutes for the best chance of restoring it to its socket. Parents with children who are very active or who engage in contact sports should keep the number of an emergency dentist on hand for these occasions.
Although knocking out a tooth is a serious dental event, these teeth can often be treated or replaced. Try to keep the injured person calm. If they are in pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth and provide over-the-counter pain relievers until the dentist sees the patient.