How to Save a Tooth That Has Been Knocked Out
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you know that it can be painful and anxiety-inducing. You may be afraid that the tooth is lost forever, but a knocked-out tooth can actually be saved and reinserted. In order for this to be an option for you, you need to take the proper steps immediately after the tooth has been knocked out. Following the below instructions can help increase the chances that your tooth can be saved and reinserted.
Saving a Tooth That Has Been Knocked Out
Below are the steps you need to take immediately after you have lost your tooth:
- Locate the tooth – The first thing you need to do after you’ve had a tooth knocked out is to quickly locate the tooth. Once it’s been found, pick the tooth up by the crown, making sure to avoid touching the tooth’s roots. Next, place the tooth in a cup of milk or cool water.
- Keep the tooth moist – It’s important that you keep the tooth moist. If it becomes dried out, the tooth will be impossible to reattach. If it’s possible, we suggest reinserting the tooth back into its socket. If the patient is too young or if the reinsertion would pose a choking hazard, you can keep the tooth in a cup of milk or in a cup of the patient’s saliva. If you go this route, just make sure the entire tooth is immersed.
- Contact your dentist – Lastly, contact your general dentist as quickly as possible after the tooth has been knocked out. Most dental offices keep emergency slots open just for situations like these. If you can get to your dentist within an hour of losing the tooth, the odds of reinsertion are improved greatly.
Having a tooth knocked out is considered to be a true dental emergency and should be treated as such. This means scheduling an appointment with your dentist as quickly as you possibly can.
For any questions about your gum health or to make an appointment at Coastal Periodontics, please contact our Portsmouth, New Hampshire office today.