Millions of teeth get knocked out of people’s mouths every year, whether it be from a sports injury, a clumsy accident, or, sadly, a fight. As unfortunate as this is, there is a possibility of saving the tooth that was lost and permanently inserting it back where it belongs. In order to do this, however, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure that both your tooth and your mouth stay safe and clean. This is a time-sensitive matter, so if you find yourself with a missing tooth, follow the steps below as quickly as you can. Also contact your local emergency dentist immediately to make an emergency dentist appointment.
- Recover the Missing Tooth – If you want any chance of saving your missing tooth, you need to first find it. When you do find your tooth, make sure to only touch the crown, or the part that would normally be visible in your mouth. Handling the root can damage the tooth and decrease your chances of successfully replanting it.
- Clean the Tooth – Next you will want to gently rinse your tooth in WATER ONLY. Do not use any other type of liquid or cleaning agent as these can damage the tooth.
- Reinsert Tooth – If you can, try to gently place the missing tooth back in its socket. To do this, hold the crown while slowly pushing the root into the tooth’s socket. Gently bite down to keep the tooth in place while you get to a local emergency dentist.
- Soak Tooth – If you are unable to successfully reinsert the missing tooth, soak it in either saliva your milk and bring it with you to your dentist office.
These steps are necessary if you want to try to save your knocked-out tooth, but it is imperative that you also get to a dentist as soon as possible. Ideally, you should seek medical attention within 30 minutes of the tooth being knocked out. If your local dentist cannot see you, find a dentist office that offers emergency services and get there immediately.
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