You were playing volleyball with the people at work and when you went for a “dig” your face smacked against the ground knocking out a tooth. Or, perhaps your child was running outside and didn’t see the swing-set pole knocking out a tooth. As you know millions of things can occur that can cause accidents and certainly having a tooth knocked out is a common negative effect.
What do you do if you have a tooth knocked out?
I would have thought that you rinse it off and then put it in a clean box or gauze or something but I would have been wrong.
First of all know that you are battling the clock. The sooner you can see a dentist the better. In fact it is best if you get to the dental chair within one-half hour; that’s not much time.
I can remember back in 1961 a kid on our football team got hurt and lost a tooth as he went down. He stayed around until the end of the game. Of course he lost the tooth but we just didn’t have a lot of information in those days.
Don’t rinse the tooth off with water. Either put the tooth back into your mouth and let the saliva rinse it off or put it in milk to clean it. An important point here is not to rub the tooth with your tongue to clean it off because that can bruise the root.
From our reference material it is made very clear that you should avoid touching the root. The root apparently is the most vital part of the tooth so refrain from touching it. In fact when picking the tooth up pick the tooth up by the crown.
It is advisable to try to replace the tooth in the socket. That will clean it somewhat and gives it the best environment to survive in.
As I’ve already mentioned time is the most important thing. When you get to the dentist what they will do is replace the tooth in the socket. After a little time then they will perform a root canal.
Unfortunately having a tooth knocked out is a common occurrence. However knowing what to do can make it much less of a trauma.
Tooth and Teeth.Com Website, “What to do if Your Tooth is Knocked Out”