Accidents happen and sometimes there’s nothing one can do to avoid having a tooth knocked. Having a tooth knocked out can be very traumatizing no matter what the age. Children tend to lose a lot of their teeth this way. But there are steps to take to ensure the proper growth of a new tooth in a child. There are also steps adults have to take when having a tooth knocked out.
If a tooth is knocked out time is of essence. The knocked out tooth needs to be located and handled properly. The tooth should not be picked up by its root this could damage the nerves in the tooth. Pick the tooth up by the enamel part. The tooth can be washed off it needed. A knocked out tooth can be rinsed in milk and water, but never put in water for an extended amount of time. A knocked out tooth can be placed in milk and then transported to the individuals dentist. The best thing to do is to properly handle the tooth and get to a dentist fast. Do not try to brush the tooth or clean it, this could cause damage to the root of the tooth. The root endings are very sensitive try to avoid touching them completely. It is important to keep the tooth as moist as possible. It is recommended the tooth be put in milk if you can not get to your dentist within minutes.
Individuals with a knocked out tooth need to get to their dentist as soon as possible. A dentist is trained to replant a knocked out tooth. Usually, the best time to replant a tooth is within minutes to a hour after the tooth being knocked out.
A child who has a tooth knocked out should see a dentist as soon as possible. When a child has a knocked out tooth it is important to remind them to locate their tooth immediately and call for help to properly handle the tooth. Often children may not have a permanent tooth knocked out, but it is important to make sure the tooth knocked out did not damage the nerve ending roots and will interfere with a permanent tooth growing. Depending upon the situation nerves in the area can be damaged and will prevent a permanent tooth from growing in properly. Remember a dentist appointment should be made to see a child’s dentist as soon as possible after having a tooth knocked out as well.