What If My Tooth Gets Knocked Out?

tooth injury Addison

‘Knocked’ is a relatively benign word for a jolt so violent it dislodges a tooth. Ouch!

We hope this never happens to you.

But…

if it does, here is what you should do.

1. Find the Tooth

If you’re in panic mode, ask for help. When you find the tooth, handle it carefully. Keep it in the best condition possible.

Your dentist may be able to reinsert it.

2. Don’t Touch the Root!

Be sure to NOT handle the tooth by the root. Only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water. But don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

This is vital: don’t detach any tissue from the tooth. That bloody goo is valuable. It can help your tooth re-attach.

If possible, the ideal place for the tooth to be held is back where it came from—in the socket. If you decide to put it there, place it gently.

If it’s a young child that has the injury, it’s best not to put it back in the socket. Ditto for individuals who have a strong gag reflex.

3. Keep the Tooth Safe

Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too. But be cautious you don’t swallow it. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

4. Call Your Dentist ASAP!

Next, you’ll want to get to The Addison Dentist promptly. Many teeth that are reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.

Having a tooth knocked out doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile. But if the tooth can’t be saved, we can replace it with a tooth implant.

Call us at 972-233-0973 immediately if you have a tooth knocked out (wrenched violently from your jaw).

Contact The Addison Dentist:

972-233-0973

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4145 Belt Line Rd Ste 208
Addison, Texasteeth
75001

 

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