What Do I Do If A Tooth Gets Knocked Out?
Sometimes no matter how cautious you may be, accidents happen anyway. When one does it is best to know how to handle the situation to get the best outcome, especially when it comes to your (or a loved one’s) teeth. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be an intimidating situation when you know the steps to take to save a tooth.
Your tooth can be saved if the proper steps are followed immediately after the injury:
- Call your dentist right away
- While trying not to touch the root, place it back in the socket where it fell out so that it is level with your other teeth.
- If that’s not possible, you’ll need to keep the tooth moist. The best option is to store the tooth (while in route to the dentist) in an emergency tooth preserving system, such as “Save-A-Tooth”. If you don’t have this in your first aid kit, the next best place is in milk. It has been proven to keep the periodontal ligament cells healthy enough for re-implantation.
- Go to your dentist.
If your child is playing a sport that involves any contact, it is recommended that they wear a sports mouthguard to protect their teeth from injury. If you’d like to know more about this topic read 5 Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports. Now that you know the steps to take if you are ever faced with this situation, you have the confidence you need to save the tooth.
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