Its not necessarily the end for a knocked out tooth!
React quickly and all is not lost
A tooth can be knocked out following a blow to the mouth, usually due to an accident or even a sports related injury but it doesn’t necessarily mean the end for that tooth. The quicker you take action the higher the chance of saving the tooth.
Your step by step guide
- If your tooth has been knocked out it is important that the tooth be placed back into the socket as soon as possible or within 30 minutes.
- Holding the tooth by the crown, firmly push the tooth back into the socket root first. Place a clean handkerchief in between the teeth (where the tooth has been reinserted) and bite down gently for at least 15 minutes.
- If the tooth has fell to the floor or is dirty clean it first using milk or tap water. DO NOT use a disinfectant to clean the tooth or allow it to dry out.
- It is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to ensure the survival of the tooth.
- If you are unable to push the tooth back in the socket keep it in some milk until you can see your dentist (as soon as possible).
- Only try to reinsert a complete tooth. Do not try if the tooth is broken. If the crown has broke off and the root is still in place it may be possible to restore the tooth. X-rays would be necessary to see if any damage has been done to the root.
- If you cant find the tooth not much can be done. You should contact your dentist so he can check the area and then advise you further regarding possible treatment. Biting down on a clean handkerchief will help stop any bleeding.
If you regularly play contact sports and this is the reason why your tooth has been knocked out, then a mouthguard is advisable to protect the remaining teeth. These are available from your dentist and impressions are required to have these made.
Blue Sky Dental https://www.blueskydental.co.uk/ make mouthguards regularly for patients and these are available clear or coloured, to suit individual tastes. They take approximately 7-10 days to make. Its always better to protect and look after your natural teeth as the alternative can be costly and time consuming.