My tooth was completely knocked out! What should I do?
When a permanent tooth has been knocked out, you will almost certainly require a root canal. This is because the nerves, blood vessels, and supporting tissues will have endured significant damage. While it is challenging to save an adult tooth, it is not impossible. To increase the chance of being able to save the tooth, it’s crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible, usually within an hour of the tooth being knocked out. It’s also very important that you properly care for a tooth once it has been knocked out. Here are some steps you should follow:
- Handle the tooth carefully and pick it up by the crown – the top of the tooth. Do not touch the root – the part of the tooth that sits below the gums.
- If it’s dirty, hold the tooth by the crowns and rinse it tooth with water or milk. Do not use sops or try to dry the tooth.
- You will need to keep the tooth moist as possible to make it that much easier for the dentist to put it back in your mouth. Do not wrap it in a paper towel or tissue. The best way to keep it moist is either by placing it in a container and covering it with milk or water. If neither of these are available, you can “store” it in your mouth between your cheek and gums.
If the tooth can not be saved our Newington dentists highly recommend that the tooth be replaced. Effective tooth replacement options like dental implants not only restore functionality, but also provide a cosmetic solution by filling the gap left by a missing tooth.