Knocked Out Teeth: Next Steps for the Most Common Dental Emergency

Beyond Fistfights: Common Causes of Knocked Out Teeth

Forget Hollywood brawls. Knocked-out teeth, also known as avulsed teeth, happen more often than you might think. Simple falls, face injuries, and even contact sports can be the culprits. While it’s a common dental emergency, only 9% of Americans know what to do when it strikes. This guide equips you with the knowledge and steps to potentially save your lost tooth!

Quick Action is Key: Understanding the Timeframe

Time is crucial! Ideally, aim to see your dentist within 30 minutes of losing the tooth. However, with immediate action, successful reimplantation has even occurred after an hour. So, stay calm and focused, follow these steps, and increase your chances of salvaging your smile.

1. Locate and Handle the Tooth Gently:

  • Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (white, chewing surface), not the roots.
  • Rinse gently with lukewarm water for no more than 10 seconds if dirty. Avoid chemicals, soaps, or drying it. Excessive water or rough handling can damage the root cells needed for reimplantation.

2. Try Reimplantation (if Possible):

  • If the tooth is whole, gently push it back into the socket by the crown. Hold it there with your fingers or bite down softly.

3. Keep the Tooth Moist:

  • Never let the tooth dry out! If reimplantation isn’t possible, keep it moist at all times. Here are your options:
    • Place it in your cheek: The most natural and preferred method.
    • Store it in milk: A temporary alternative if cheek-storing isn’t possible.
    • Use an emergency tooth preservation kit: If readily available, follow the kit’s instructions.

4. Time to See Your Dentist (Fast!):

  • Every minute counts! Call Century Family Dental immediately and explain the situation. We prioritize emergency appointments.
  • If reaching our office immediately isn’t possible, head to the emergency room.

5. Post-Reimplantation Recovery and Options:

  • Healing time for reattached teeth can vary from 1-8 weeks. Regular checkups follow, and further treatment might not be needed.
  • If reimplantation is unsuccessful, your dentist will discuss tooth replacement options like bridges or implants after the socket heals.

Prevention is Always Best:

Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports and practicing good oral hygiene are your best defenses against knocked-out teeth. But knowing what to do can make a world of difference if it happens. At Century Family Dental, we empower you with the knowledge you need to care for your oral health!

 

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