Knocking out an adult tooth is an emergency. If you do knock your tooth out, try to put it straight back in and rush to the dentist. If the tooth is only chipped, make an appointment to see your dentist at the soonest date possible.
But, there are a few things you can do in the meantime.
How to Administer First Aid for a Knocked-Out Tooth
Sometimes, it is possible to implant permanent teeth that have been knocked out of your mouth, but only if you follow the below emergency steps right away:
- Only handle the tooth by its crown or top, try not to touch the roots at all.
- Inspect the root and crown to see if any part of either seem to be fractured or missing.
- Don’t rub your tooth or scrape it to try and remove any debris. This can damage the surface of the root and give your tooth less chance of survival before you get to an emergency dentist Gold Coast locals prefer.
- If the tooth does have a foreign material or dirt on it, you can quickly and briefly rinse the tooth – but for no longer than 10 seconds. Use a bowl of just lukewarm water from the tap to get rid of the dirt. Don’t hold your tooth under running tap water as too much can kill the cells on the surface of the tooth’s root that you need for reattaching the tooth.
- If you can, try to put your tooth back into its socket. If you can’t get it to go all the way into its preferred place, you can try biting down slowly and very gently on some gauze or even a moistened paper towel to keep it in its place. Keep your tooth in its place until you get to the dentist.
- If it’s just impossible to put the tooth back in its socket, immediately put it between your gum and cheek or even in your own saliva or cold milk. You can use over-the-counter products like those designed to preserve the knocked-out tooth.
- Seek emergency dental care. If your regular dentists’ office is not open, head over to the emergency room.
If a shiny or sharp surface is apparent, there is the likelihood that part of the root is still in the socket and there’s a better chance of reimplantation success. However, if reimplantation doesn’t happen within two hours of the tooth being knocked out, the success rate dwindles. So, it’s important to get to the emergency dentist as soon as you possibly can.
Protecting Your Teeth
If you regularly play sports, like hockey or rugby, there’s always a risk of a tooth being knocked out. So, consider wearing a mouthguard made specially by a dentist to protect your mouth. The dentist will take a mould of your teeth to make the mouthguard and ensure it fits your mouth perfectly. The boil and bite mouthguards are also available on the market, but they’re not as effective at protecting your teeth as one made specially for you by your dentist.
While prevention is always better than cure, accidents do happen. Follow the tips above if your tooth is knocked out and aim to get to the emergency dentist right away.
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