How a Knocked Out Tooth Can be Saved
According to the American Association of Endodontists, about five million teeth are knocked out every year. A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency, but the tooth can be saved in many cases. If you or someone you love has knocked out a tooth, the actions that you take immediately after the injury can make a big difference in the success of treatment.
When a Tooth Has Been Avulsed
1. Pick up the tooth carefully touching only the crown and not the root. Avoid touching, rubbing or damaging the root, as it is vulnerable to injury
2. Rinse the tooth gently. Do not scrub the tooth, or use soap or other chemicals. Also, do not wrap it or dry it.
3. If you can, try to put the tooth back into its socket. Gently put the root into the socket or above the socket, and close your mouth, while gently biting down on the tooth to hold it in place. This maximizes the likelihood of saving the tooth. If the tooth does not go back into its socket easily, do not force it.
4. Keep the tooth wet. If you are unable to insert the tooth back into its socket, use an emergency tooth preservation kit, a glass of milk or your mouth to keep it from becoming dry. Do not put the tooth in tap water, as it can cause further damage.
5. Call us as soon as possible. If you are able to see us within 30 minutes, then we are far more likely to be able to save the tooth. Even if you cannot see us within 30 minutes, call us as soon as you can. We can take steps to stabilize the tooth using a root canal and one visit crowns so that it can continue to serve you for many years.
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