How To Save A Knocked Out Tooth
If you or someone you know knocks out a tooth, the first thing you need to do is determine whether they need emergency medical treatment. Depending on the mechanism of injury, like falling down a flight of stairs, a call to 911 may be warranted. If the injury isn’t severe and the only thing wrong is the missing is the tooth, you need to stop the bleeding. Apply just enough pressure to the area where the tooth is missing, only using sterile gauze.
Handling The Tooth
If you’re able to find the tooth, you need to proceed with caution. It’s important to determine whether or not the root is still attached. If so, your cosmetic dentist may be able to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If the tooth is dirty, gently clean it with a clean piece of gauze, gently avoiding the root. Always try to hold it by the crown.
Soak It In Milk
In addition to keeping the root intact, you also need to keep the tooth moist. It’s best to place the tooth in a cup of milk and keep it in there until seen by the dentist. If this isn’t possible, you can either try to put the tooth back in and hold it against your or the injured person’s gum. If it’s a small child who lost their tooth, it’s probably better off storing the tooth in a cup in water. In order to keep the tooth viable for re-implantation, it’s important to keep the tooth moist.
Head To The Dentist
Since time is of the essence, head to your dentist as soon as possible. If they’re not available, you can also go to your nearest emergency room where they have a dentist on call. If all else fails, go to the nearest urgent care where they can direct you to an after-hours dental specialist.
Losing a tooth due to injury is never a laughing matter. But, with a little due diligence and quick thinking, it is possible to save a knocked out tooth.
Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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