How to Deal with a Knocked-Out Tooth?

How to Deal with a Knocked-Out Tooth?

Dentists call the knocked-out tooth as an avulsed tooth. It is deemed as one of the most desperate dental emergencies for permanent teeth. But, the damaged tooth can be fixed. If you act pronto, there is a fair chance of saving the avulsed tooth. What You Can Do When there is a case of a

Dentists call the knocked-out tooth as an avulsed tooth. It is deemed as one of the most desperate dental emergencies for permanent teeth. But, the damaged tooth can be fixed. If you act pronto, there is a fair chance of saving the avulsed tooth.

What You Can Do

When there is a case of a tooth knocked out, the blood vessels, nerves and supporting tissues are damaged as well. There is no repair for the blood vessels and the nerves. Hence, the knocked out teeth will require a root canal. But, the bone can reattach to the tooth root once it is installed back in the place. In the young children, the odds of saving the avulsed tooth are the highest, but you can save adult teeth as well. It is recommended to re-implant permanent teeth only. It is crucial to visit a dentist as soon as possible after your tooth has been knocked out. It is essential to prevent damaging the tooth even more. Here are the suggestions of improving the chances of saving your tooth.

  • The tooth should be carefully handled. Prevent yourself from touching the root as it can be damaged easily.
  • If the tooth looks dirty, you can hold it by the crown or the upper part and rinse it thoroughly with milk. If there is no milk, rinse it thoroughly with water. Do not use a washcloth, shirt or other fabric to wipe it off, it can damage the tooth further.
  • Try your best in keeping the tooth moist. Keep it in a glass of milk. If that’s not possible, keep it in your mouth between your cheek and gum. A small child would not be able to safely store the tooth in his mouth. Rather than this, make the child to keep spitting into a cup. Put avulsed tooth in the cup with the saliva. If this is not possible, place it in a cup of water. The gist is to always keep the tooth moist.

  • Try installing the tooth back into its original socket. In a few cases, it will slip in easily. Ensure that it is facing the correct way. Don’t force it, do it gently. If it is unable to slip in gently with no pressure, then just try your best to keep it moist by placing it in the milk, saliva or water and go to your dentist as quickly as possible.

What the Dentist Will Do

It is easy to put back the tooth from where it came. Sometimes it is complex too like when the bone or the tooth itself is broken. Your dentist will flush debris from the socket with the help of water. Then he will try to install the tooth back into place. It is essential to re-implant the tooth as quickly as possible. It is considered ideal to take place within an hour of the accident.

Sometimes you may require a root canal. It is dependent upon how long the tooth was out of its socket and other factors too. In a few cases, the tooth is splinted to the teeth on either side with the help of a soft wire. This holds the tooth in place for a few days. Your dentist will then let you know how long the splint will remain this way.

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