Knocking out a tooth can be stressful and even feel like a nightmare. When you are in a lot of pain, it can be difficult to know what next steps you should take. The good news is that you won’t need to go for the rest of your life with one less tooth. With proper action, your tooth may be able to be replanted and last for many more years into the future. Here are the steps that you should take if you find yourself with a knocked-out tooth.
Find Your Tooth
Don’t leave your tooth at the site of the injury or accident if you don’t have to. Locate it immediately and pick it up. Be sure to only handle it by the crown and avoid the root. You don’t want to accidentally cause further damage to the root by applying too much pressure. This makes replanting the tooth much less likely.
Clean Your Tooth
Once you find your tooth, you should use water to rinse away any visible dirt. Don’t use any type of soap or chemicals and avoid drying or scrubbing the tooth. Don’t wrap it in a tissue or cloth either. You need the tooth to stay moist in order to keep the root alive long enough to replant it.
Put the Tooth Back in Place
As soon as you are able, place your tooth back into its socket. Position it above the socket and gently push it in with your fingers. The tooth should be help in place by either your hand or by gently biting down on it. If you can’t place it back into its socket, you still need to keep it moist. Either place it in your mouth next to your cheek or put it in a small container of milk. Don’t use regular tap water because the root surface cells cannot handle this for an extended period of time.
See Your Emergency Dentist
You will need to see your emergency dentist as soon as possible. You are most likely to save the tooth if you are able to be seen within 30 minutes of the injury. However, it still may be possible to save the tooth even if it has been outside of the mouth for an hour or more.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, don’t panic. By acting quickly and calmly, your smile will be restored in no time!
About the Practice
Dr. Dean Hutto is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for nearly three decades. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston and has studied with some of the most renowned authorities in all of dentistry, including Dr. Frank Spear at the Seattle Institute, Dr. Pete Dawson of The Dawson Institute for Learning, and Dr. Bill Strupp in Florida. Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. If you have a knocked-out tooth, he would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Baytown, visit his website or call (281) 422-8248.