March 9, 2022
Having a knocked-out tooth can be unsettling, especially when you aren’t sure what to do about it. Whether you were playing sports or simply walking on the sidewalk, a dental emergency can happen when you least expect it, and you should see your dentist right away. But can you to put your tooth back in its socket? Keep reading to learn how this is possible and what steps you should take to save your pearly white!
Handle the Tooth Carefully
Before thinking about putting your knocked-out tooth back in your mouth, you should first handle it gently. Once you’ve found it, make sure to pick it up by the crown or top side. You’ll want to avoid touching the roots as to reduce the risks of damaging the tooth further.
Carefully rinse your pearly white with water, especially if there is dirt or debris on it. However, you won’t want to use soap, scrub, or dry the knocked-out tooth. It isn’t meant to be outside of your mouth, so you’ll have to keep it moist until you see your dentist.
Place the Tooth Gently In Its Socket
The best way to keep your tooth wet is to place it back in its socket. After rinsing off any debris from it, and if it’s completely intact, you can carefully push the tooth in. To hold it in place, either keep a finger on it or carefully bite down. However, sometimes you might not be able to put it back in its place, so you’ll have to try another method. You could buy an OTC emergency kit from your local pharmacy, or simply soak your tooth in a cup or Ziploc bag of milk! You might even place it in your mouth beside your cheeks. Whichever you choose, just be sure not to leave it in water.
See Your Dentist Right Away
You should seek emergency dental care within thirty minutes of having your tooth knocked-out. If someone is with you, they can schedule a visit while you’re preserving the tooth. Once you arrive at the office, your dentist will assess the rest of your smile for any additional damage, and then work to reattach your pearly white.
The situation can be alarming, but with these tips you’ll feel more prepared on what to do when the time comes. And even if your tooth is only chipped, you’ll still want to see your dentist immediately so they can help repair your smile!
About the Practice
Lapalco Family Dental offers state-of-the-art and passionate dental services for all patients. They use the latest technology in multiple advanced treatments for your utmost comfort. They also provide emergency dentistry to help save and protect your teeth. If you have a knocked-out tooth and need immediate care, visit their website or call 504-348-0080.
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