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5 First Steps to Take to Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth

December 8, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — bensalemsmiles @ 9:55 pm
A man in need of an emergency dentist in Bensalem.

When a dental emergency occurs, your first feeling might be to panic. If a tooth is knocked-out, you may feel even more afraid of what you should do next, whether it’s your own tooth or someone you know. However, when a tooth gets knocked out, you don’t have to settle for a missing tooth. There are steps you can take as soon as the incident occurs to improve your condition as well as your chances of getting the tooth reimplanted. Here are five steps according to an emergency dentist in Bensalem.

Pick Up the Tooth (By the Crown Only)

Do your best to locate the tooth so that it can be placed back into the mouth by a dentist. It’s important to avoid touching the root portion of the tooth as it can negatively influence your chances of getting it reimplanted. Instead, pick up the tooth by the top portion (or the crown) and avoid removing any tissue that may still be attached to the tooth.

Gently Clean the Tooth

While you should avoid scrubbing the tooth, you should always remove any dirt and debris from the tooth before placing it back into your mouth. This can be done by gently rinsing it under cool water. After rinsing the tooth, don’t let the tooth dry out. Never use soap or chemicals to clean the tooth as this can hurt your chances of getting the tooth placed into your open socket.

Place the Tooth Into the Socket

Attempt to place the tooth into your mouth. After gently putting it into your open socket, you can secure it by carefully closing your mouth. You can also hold the tooth in place as you bite down. Make sure the tooth is facing the correct way before placing.

Moisture Matters

It’s very important for the tooth to remain moist. Dryness can damage the tooth and make it more difficult to reimplant. If you cannot place the implant back into your mouth on your own, keep it submerged in either milk, saltwater, or in your mouth next to your cheek.

Get to a Dentist Right Away

Get to a dentist’s office within the hour, (and ideally in the next 30 minutes) for the best chances of reimplanting the tooth. The sooner you get to a dentist, the more easily the tooth can be placed back into your jaw by a professional.

When a tooth gets knocked out, you don’t have to deal with it alone. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, whether it’s for a knocked-out tooth, dental discomfort, or something else, don’t wait to call them right away.

About Perfect Smiles of Bensalem

The dentists and specialists of Perfect Smiles of Bensalem can not only see you as soon as possible, but will do everything they can to save your tooth and get you out of discomfort when you arrive. With so many dentists under one roof (including a highly-trained endodontist and periodontist), you’re guaranteed to get care that’s personalized to you. Experiencing a dental emergency? Don’t wait, call our office today through our website.

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