A knocked-out tooth, or avulsed tooth, is one of the serious dental emergencies that must be addressed as soon as possible. If your tooth has been knocked-out, staying calm and acting quickly is the first step you need to take.
Performing first aid for a knocked out tooth correctly will help increase the chances of saving the tooth, allowing it to be successfully replanted and last for many years. An avulsed tooth is a serious scenario so be sure to seek treatment within 30 minutes of the injury.
First Aid for Avulsed Tooth
- Find the tooth and hold it by the crown. Do not touch the root.
- Clean the tooth with milk or under cold running water for a few seconds only. Avoid using soap or chemicals. Also, don’t scrub the tooth or dry it out. Keep the tooth moist.
- If possible, reposition the tooth and ensure that it’s the right way around in the right location.
- Reinsert the tooth by pushing it gently into the socket using your fingers. Close your mouth slowly.
- If you can’t reinsert the tooth back into its original location, place the tooth instead in a clean container with saline, milk, or saliva.
- Don’t place or soak the tooth in the water.
- Go to your dentist or the nearest dental clinic immediately. You should be sure to do this within 30 minutes or less than an hour. Don’t forget to bring the tooth with you.
Knocked-out Tooth Treatment
Putting the back in its original place can be a simple or intricate task. If the tooth or bone is broken, it won’t be an easy fix. The dentist will start the treatment by flushing any debris from the socket with water.
Next, the dentist will slip the tooth back into place. This step is crucial and must be done quickly. The dentist will take the best course of action, depending on how long the tooth has been exposed outside your mouth and other considerations.
In any case, the dentist will splint the avulsed tooth on either side with a soft wire or composite material, holding the tooth in place for several days. The dentist will then decide how many days or weeks the splint will stay on your tooth.
If the area has more damage, the repair time can take 6 to 8 weeks. If there are no indications of infection, your next appointment will be your next scheduled dental visit. To make sure that the re-implanting has been successful, you dentist will recommend follow-up visit for the next 2 to 3 years.
Dental Emergency Services at Thornton Dental
If you have dental emergencies such as a knocked-out tooth visit your dentist at Thornton Dental as soon as possible. Our quick and responsive dental team will apply their utmost expertise to help you keep your tooth and make you at ease and pain-free again.