What Should I Do If I Have a Tooth Knocked Out

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Each year, more than 5 million teeth are knocked out in children and adults. It’s most likely to happen either during an automobile accident or while playing sports. If this happens to you then you may be able to save your tooth. Follow these steps and you may be able to put your tooth back and keep it for many years to come.

1 .  Find the tooth

Firstly you will need to find your tooth. Once found pick it up but not by the root. Try to pick it up by the crown, the chewing surface. If you pick it up the root you will likely damage it and reduce the chances of it being saved.

2 . Rinse the tooth

Once you have the tooth you will need to clean off any dirt. It’s important that you just use water. Never use soap or any disinfectant or even toothpaste to clean the tooth. Neither should you place it in any material, including the gauze you might use in a medical emergency.

3 . Carry the tooth to the surgeon.

At Vallejo Oral Surgery you can have your tooth put back in. On your way to the surgery it needs to be carried properly. If possible then it’s best to put it inside the mouth between the inside of your cheek and gum. If you are unable to do this then you can put it inside a sealed container with milk or Save-a-Tooth®. Teeth cannot stand a long time in water, so don’t fill the container with water.

4 . Call ahead to the surgeon

Acting quickly is very important to save the tooth. You should prepare the surgeon ahead of time so that he can be ready to help you. Call the surgeon as quickly as possible to let him know that you are coming and to tell them what has happened.

The surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery will then do all that is possible to save your tooth. They will try to place the tooth back into its socket and give you aftercare instructions to make the best possible recovery. 

What happens if my tooth cannot be saved?

If your tooth cannot be saved then we at Vallejo Oral Surgery recommend that you have a dental implant. The process involves fixing a titanium post to your jaw bone and placing a crown on top that will replicate a real tooth. The advantages of having a dental implant are that they are natural-looking and they help maintain important functions to keep your jaw bone strong and healthy, preventing further tooth loss. All the work will be coordinated between our surgeons and your regular dentist.

How can I reduce the risk of having my tooth knocked out?

Safety is paramount to prevent your teeth from falling out. If you are playing sports then you should use appropriate safety equipment such as a helmet or gum shield.
You should always drive using a seat belt. This will help you to avoid smashing your face on the steering wheel or the back of the front seats.

Keeping your teeth strong and healthy can also help you to keep your teeth. Keep up a good cleaning routine by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes as well as flossing at least once a day. Regular checkups at the dentist will also help you to identify any problems before they escalate.

If you have had a tooth knocked out or experienced any other dental emergency then do not hesitate to call Vallejo Oral Surgery.

FAQ

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out of position?

You should see a dentist as soon as possible. If it’s not far out of position then they may be able to move it back. If it’s been knocked for then a dental brace may be used to hold it in its proper place.

Can a tooth die from being hit?

A tooth may die from the trauma of being hit. This could happen playing sports or hitting your mouth against a solid surface. It may die quickly over a few days or slowly over months or years.

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