What happens if a tooth is knocked out?

Children can lose teeth. Once you an adult, you only get the set of teeth you have. Your natural smile is your best smile. Dean Dental Solutions provides Dental Urgent Care during all office hours. All you need to do is call ahead and let the staff know you are know your way. We will have a room prepared as soon as you get here.

How to handle the tooth once it has fallen out.

You’ve knocked out a tooth. It has exited your mouth and landed on what is hopefully a clean surface. Often, teeth get knocked out during sporting events. This means a likely place for the tooth to land after impact, is the dirt ground.

Here is what you can do.

  • When you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown. The safest place to handle a tooth is where the enamel is—the crown of the tooth. Below the enamel the bone is much softer. The ends of the tooth are sensitive nerves that you want to avoid touching.
  • We do not recommend trying to place the tooth back in it’s socket. It’s also not a good idea to keep the tooth in your mouth. When a tooth is knocked out, the sensitive gums are exposed inside the mouth and the area is susceptible to infection.
  • Got milk? What about whole milk? The best possible mixture to keep your tooth in until it can be replaced, is whole milk. Why whole milk? The regular, whole milk we drink has various preservatives in it. It will preserve the tooth until it can be reimplanted.

Head to the dentist.

To successfully save the tooth, you need to get to a dentist as soon as possible. The chances of saving the tooth depend on how fast you can be seen by a dentist. Depending on your situation, the dentist will either reimplement the tooth or consider alternative replacements.

What is the best way to manage the pain of a knocked-out tooth?

The initial shock of getting your tooth knocked out will wear off and pain will likely develop. Wrap a clean washcloth around an ice cube to create a cold compress. Press it gently against the space where the tooth once was. This will help stop any bleeding and numb the pain.

Keep an eye on the area.

Your dentist will schedule follow-up appointments to ensure the tooth is returning to health. Let your dentist know about any unusual pain.