More than five million teeth are knocked out yearly, but whether it’s due to an injury or accident, it doesn’t mean the tooth is lost for good.
Proper emergency methods can save the tooth so that it can be replanted successfully and last for years to come.
A tooth can be knocked out by a strong blow to the mouth, or an accident involving the face. This can happen while playing contact sports.
The tooth can be reimplanted in the socket successfully, if you take the right action as soon as possible.
At Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge, we give tips on how to deal with a knocked-out tooth, whether it’s a baby or an adult tooth.
Read on to learn more.
What to do
If you knock out a tooth, here’s what you can do:
- Find the tooth
- Hold it by the crown
- If it’s dirty, rinse it in water
- If it’s an adult tooth, put it back into position; never try to re-insert a baby tooth
- Bite on a clean gauze or cloth to secure the tooth in place
- See your Kellyville Ridge dentist immediately
If you can’t reimplant the tooth, put it in milk and see your dentist straight away.
The earlier a knocked-out tooth is reimplanted, the more likely it is to attach itself back into the gum.
If your child knocks out a baby tooth, don’t try to reimplant it. You may damage the adult tooth developing underneath. Take your child to see your dentist immediately.
What your dentist can do
If you reimplanted the tooth, your Kellyville Ridge dentist will check if it’s in the right place, and move it if needed.
If you brought the tooth in milk or saliva, your dentist will clean it and reimplant.
Your dentist will fix the tooth to the teeth either side of it to hold it in place.
You’ll probably need to return after a couple of weeks to have the splint removed.
If you cannot locate the tooth or the dentist isn’t able to save it, it can be replaced with a false tooth.
Preventing a Knocked-Out Tooth
Wearing a sports mouthguard can prevent a great number of injuries by cushioning the teeth and providing a shield between teeth and lips.
Sports, where mouthguards should be worn, include basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, in-line skating, skateboarding, martial arts, boxing, hockey, and mountain biking.
Local sporting goods stores offer several models. You can also talk to your Kellyville Ridge dentist about a custom-made model.
Knocked-Out Tooth Management at Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge
During dental emergencies, your dentist should be the first one you contact! Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge believes in bringing smiles no matter what.
Dental emergencies need to be taken seriously and handled carefully. We understand that and are ready to deal with any dental emergency that may happen, within or outside our working hours.
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available!
Call us on (02) 8889 1588 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.
We are located at G4/8 Merriville Rd in Kellyville Ridge.