Around 5 million people each year have their teeth knocked out. Usually, this will take place during sports or during an automobile accident. If this happens to you, then don’t worry. There is still a chance that you can save your tooth.
What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?
Step 1. Find the tooth
In order to save the tooth, you are first going to need to find it. When you do, pick it up by the crown or the surface of the tooth that we use for chewing. Be careful not to touch the root as this can permanently damage the tooth and make it impossible to save.
Step 2. Rinse the tooth
Once you have the tooth it’s important to rinse off any dirt with water. It’s essential not to use soap or any other chemicals including toothpaste. Don’t wrap the tooth either in any material including the type used in first aid treatments
Step 3. Carry the tooth to the surgeon.
The surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery can put the tooth back in for you. However, you need to carry the tooth properly otherwise it may be damaged. The best method is to place it between the gum and the inside of the cheek. If this is not possible due to the trauma then you could put it in a sealed container full of milk or Save-a-Tooth®. Teeth do not survive for periods of time exposed to water so be sure to follow these instructions.
Step 4. Call Ahead To The Surgeon
It’s important to call ahead to the surgeon as the tooth needs to be put back in as quickly as possible. Let the staff know exactly what has happened and describe your condition.
When you arrive the surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology will do all that is possible to save your tooth. If possible they will put your tooth back in the socket and give you after care instructions so that your tooth can make a full recovery.
What Happens If My Tooth Cannot Be Saved?
At Stanislaus Oral Surgery we would suggest that having a dental implant is the best option when a tooth cannot be saved. A dental implant replicates the function of a real tooth. A titanium post is inserted in the jaw bone and a crown is attached to the end. They look like real teeth and they stimulate jaw bone strength avoiding the further loss of other teeth. Your regular dentist will work together with the surgeons to provide all that is needed in replacing your tooth.
How Can I Reduce The Risk of Having My Tooth Knocked Out?
You can take many measures to make sure that all your activity is safe. During sports, it’s important that you use the proper safety equipment especially when playing contact sports. You can wear a gum shield and helmet if permitted.
When driving in your automobile be sure to fasten your seat belt. Then if you were to suffer an accident you would reduce the chance of trauma-induced impact with the steering wheel or back of the front seats.
Another cause of teeth falling out is through decay or gum disease. Therefore good cleaning routines can reduce the risk of teeth falling out too. It’s recommended by many dentists to brush your teeth twice a day and floss them at least once. Also regular checkups at the dentist can help detect any signs that may indicate poor oral health.
If you have had a tooth knocked out or experienced any other dental emergency then do not hesitate to contact us at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology.