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Saving a Knocked Out Tooth

saving a knocked out toothTeeth are firmly secured in the jaw by bone and ligament, but they can be knocked out as a result of sports accidents, car accidents, and other accidents that can cause facial and dental trauma. When a tooth is knocked out, prompt action may save it.

If you or someone you know has a tooth knocked from its socket, the following steps are critical:

1. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Pick the tooth up by its crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. Handle it carefully to avoid injuring the root.

2. If necessary, rinse the tooth gently with plain water. Do not scrub it, dry it, or use soap or other chemicals, and do not wrap it in anything.

3. Replace the tooth in the socket if possible. Gently position the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place with fingers or biting down.

4. Keep the tooth moist if you are not unable to insert it into the socket. An emergency tooth preservation kit is ideal but may not be immediately available. A glass of milk will also work, or you can simply hold the tooth between your gums and cheek. Do not store the tooth in tap water.

5. Seek immediate dental care. Visit a dentist or endodontist within half an hour if possible. Although teeth can be saved even after being outside of the mouth an hour or more, faster attention can lead to better results.

Give us a call today to learn more about emergency dental care or to schedule your appointment.

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