I knocked out a tooth! Can it be saved?
You are probably in a lot of discomfort right now, so we'll get right to the point – yes, your tooth can be saved, but you need to act quickly.
Here's what you need to do right now:
- See if you can find the tooth. We have to have the tooth if we are going to save it.
- Gently rinse (without scrubbing!) the tooth to remove any debris. Scrubbing will remove fragile tissue fragments that we need, so use caution.
- Once the tooth is clean, hold it in your mouth beneath your tongue or between your cheek and your gum.
- While you may have heard that you should replace the tooth in the socket, this can actually lead to further damage. Please don't attempt this.
- If the tooth cannot be held in the mouth, wrap it in clean gauze or keep it in a container of milk.
Prompt treatment is necessary for us to save the tooth. Call us as soon as your injury occurs so we can get you in as quickly as possible.
In the event your tooth cannot be saved, we can discuss options to replace the tooth, including dental implants or a bridge. Your long-term health and comfort are always important to us.