What do I do if my tooth is knocked out?
Posted on 13th April 2020 at 14:33
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
If your tooth is knocked out, you should call your dentist immediately for emergency advice.
If it is a permanent tooth (not a “baby” tooth) it needs to be re-implanted as soon as possible to give it the best chance of survival.
Try to handle the knocked out tooth by the crown (the top), not by the root (the pointed part on the bottom). Touching the root of the tooth can damage cells that are needed to re-attach the tooth to the bone.
Gently rinse the tooth for ten seconds in cold running water to remove any dirt, but be careful not to scrub it. It is very important that the tooth doesn’t dry out - if you can, place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist (not recommended for young children as they may swallow it). Alternatively, put the tooth in a clean container and cover it with milk before seeking urgent dental attention. Call us on 01246 230 230.
If a baby tooth is knocked out, don’t try to insert it back into the mouth. The patient should be seen as soon as possible to make sure that none of the tooth remains in the mouth.
What should I do if my tooth is pushed out of position?
If your tooth is loosened and pushed out of position you should call your dentist and arrange an emergency appointment. In the meantime, attempt to reposition the tooth using very light finger pressure being careful not to force it.
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