Some five million teeth are knocked out every year, according to some studies, and if your tooth is one of them, try not to panic. The first thing to do is locate the tooth, picking it up only by the crown; avoid touching the roots of the tooth. If you can, put the tooth back in its socket. If that isn’t possible, you can try putting it between your cheek and gum to keep it moist.
It’s crucial that you get to the dentist quickly—within a half-hour, if possible—if there is any chance of saving the tooth. The longer you wait to get to the dentist, the less likely it is that reimplantation will be successful.
Because it’s not uncommon to have a knocked-out tooth, it might be worthwhile to purchase a save-a-tooth container to keep in your first aid kit. The kit is available in many pharmacies.
It’s best to avoid getting a tooth knocked out in the first place, and although some traumas cannot be avoided, some can.
- Be sure you and your children wear mouthguards when playing sports to protect your teeth.
- Wear your seatbelt in vehicles to help avoid trauma.
- Walk away rather than engage in a fight.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools or chew hard items such as ice and jawbreakers.
If you experience a knocked-out tooth or some other dental emergency, be sure to give us a call.