Did you know that the number of teeth that get knocked out in adults and children is over five million each year? However, if you are aware of what actions to take if your tooth, or that of someone you are with, gets knocked out, there is a good chance that if you act quickly–within 30 minutes of the injury–it can be successfully replaced. Memorize and share these steps to save a knocked-out tooth because your knowledge and timely action can increase the likelihood of saving your smile!
What To Do
If you, or someone you are with, suffers avulsion of a tooth (the forcible separation or detachment of the tooth), these are the steps you should take:
#1. Find and retrieve the tooth by holding it by the crown (the chewing surface of the tooth). Do not touch the root or remaining tissue.
#2. Gently rinse the tooth with plain water.
- Do not scrub the tooth, dry the tooth, or wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth.
#3. Put the tooth back into the socket if possible, and hold it in place with your fingers or by gently biting down.
#4. If number three does not work, keep the tooth moist by either placing it in-between your cheek and gum, or putting it into a small container of milk.
- Avoid putting it in tap water because the root surface cells cannot tolerate water for extended periods of time.
#5. Try to see the nearest available endodontist or dentist within 30 minutes of the injury. However, a tooth can often be saved even if it has been avulsed for an hour or more.
If Your Tooth Gets Knock Out, Call Us!
It is important to act quickly when you are suffering an avulsed tooth. Call Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury, MA, ASAP at (508) 842-8838. We proudly serve patients from Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities.