Do you know what to do if your tooth is knocked out? You can take steps to improve the odds of saving the tooth. Since you have a limited amount of time to save the tooth, you will need to go to a dental ER as quickly as possible. Here are ways to improve the chances of keeping your tooth as soon as it is knocked out.
Dos and Don’ts
Having a tooth knocked out is painful and threatens to lose the tooth forever. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. Following these simple steps can help your dental emergency expert save the tooth:
- Pick up the tooth by the chewing surface and not by the root.
- Gently rinse the tooth, if necessary, but without touching the root. Use lukewarm water only. Whole milk also makes an excellent rinsing agent.
- Reposition the tooth in the socket as soon as possible. Hold it in place with some gauze for light pressure.
- Call the number below for additional care directions as you proceed to the dental emergency facility.
Control bleeding with sterile gauze and apply a cold pack to your jaw where the tooth was to numb the pain.
The first goal is to save your tooth. If that is not possible, cosmetic solutions can be provided.
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For more information about what to do if your tooth is knocked out, visit Naperville Commons Dental online at https://www.napervillecommonsdental.com/ or call (630) 355-2935.