What should I do if I knock out a tooth?
The first thing to do if you have an avulsed tooth—one that was completely knocked out of its socket—is try not to panic! Call us or come to our office as soon as possible. The earlier we can see you, the better the chance of saving your tooth. The odds of keeping a knocked-out tooth are quite high in children, and less so in adults, although it is possible if done within an hour of the accident.
Meanwhile, handle the tooth very carefully. If the tooth fell out of your mouth, rinse it off with milk. Try to place it back into the socket without putting too much pressure—but don’t force it back in. If you can’t gently place it back in the socket, hold the tooth between your cheek and gum, taking care not to swallow it. Other options include placing the tooth into a small container filled with milk, saline, or your own saliva.
When you knock out a tooth, you have damaged the nerves and blood vessels that surround the tooth, which cannot be repaired. However, it is possible for the jawbone to reattach to the tooth, which is why it is so important to be seen immediately afterward.
Always do your best to save the tooth and bring it with you, even if it is damaged.
If you knock out a tooth or have any dental emergency, give your Del City, OK dentist Dr. Brent Amaya a call!