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How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

Posted by Dr. Escobar on Jan 7 2022, 11:06 AM

Do you know what you should do if you have a tooth knocked out? Whether the cause is sports, an accident, or an assault, knowing what to do and when to do it is critical. 
Injuring a tooth is never pleasant, but the good news is that most teeth may be reinserted into the tooth socket if the ligament is preserved. Though visiting our dentist at Stone Lake Dentistry in Cypress, TX as soon as possible is the ideal action, there are a few things you should know and do immediately.

How Do Teeth Get Knocked Out?

Teeth can be knocked out in several ways. Any type of violent hit to the front of the face, nose, or cheeks can loosen, shift, or knock a tooth out of its socket.
Car accidents and contact sports are two of the most common causes of tooth loss. Depending on the severity of the injury, playing baseball, basketball, rugby, or other contact sports may necessitate a trip to the emergency room. 
If no other injuries are visible, your local dentist's office or clinic may be your best and least expensive treatment option.

How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

Handle the Tooth With Care
When a tooth is knocked out from its socket, the ligament that holds it in place is damaged. The tooth needs all of the small nerve fibers to remain attached to survive. 
Because of this, carefully grasp the tooth by the crown rather than the root. Wipe away any excess dirt from the tooth and either replace it in the socket or hold it between your cheek and gums in your mouth while you seek emergency assistance, ideally within 15 to 30 minutes. Bathing the tooth in your saliva will allow it to survive.

Preserve the Tooth
If the tooth cannot be placed in the person's mouth, it should be placed in a glass of cool whole milk. A particular pH-balanced, cell-cultured solution can also be obtained to maintain the tooth alive for a longer time. 

Always Keep the Tooth Moist
The tooth must stay moist at all times, either in your mouth or in an emergency tooth preservation pack if it cannot be replaced in the socket. Use distilled water instead of conventional tap water; root surface cells cannot withstand it for long periods.

Contact Stone Lake Dentistry for the best emergency dental care. To book an appointment, call (832) 930-7856 or visit 12711 Telge Rd, Suite #100, Cypress, TX 77429.

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