Having a tooth knocked out is a legitimate fear that most of us have, especially as adults. Some of us even dream about having our teeth falling or being knocked out which leaves us with the fear that nothing can be done.
In reality, having a tooth knocked out doesn’t mean your smile is altered forever. If you or your child has a tooth knocked out, following the proper emergency steps can save the tooth and allow it to be replanted.
Today, we’re discussing what you should do if your tooth is knocked out.
What to do
First and foremost, it’s important to act quickly. Get to your Cedar Rapids family dentist in 30 minutes or less and follow these tooth-saving steps:
Handle the tooth by the crown
Find the tooth as soon as it’s knocked out if you can and pick it up by the crown (the chewing surface). Handling it by the root can cause some serious bacteria problems down the road.
Rinse the tooth with water
Is the tooth dirty? Use only water to remove any dirt or debris. Don’t use soap or chemicals to clean the tooth. Wrap it in a tissue or cloth when you’re done and don’t scrub it.
Place the tooth back in the socket
Attempt to put the tooth back in the socket as soon as you can. Gently push it in with your fingers (by handling only the crown). You can also position it above the socket and close your mouth gently.
Place your fingers on the crown and hold it in place. You can also bite down slowly.
If you can’t get to your Cedar Rapids family dentist right away, keep the tooth moist at all times. If the tooth can’t be replaced right away, keep it in:
- The socket
- Your mouth next to your cheek
- In an emergency tooth preservation kit (like Save-a-Tooth®)
See your family dentist
Bring the tooth with you to your local Cedar Rapids dentist. If you can, give the team at Joyner Dental Arts a call right away so we know you’re coming.
See us within 30 minutes, but know that it is possible to save a tooth if it’s been outside the mouth for more than an hour.
Call our Cedar Rapids dental team
At Joyner Dental Arts, we specialize in the following dental services:
- Dental emergencies
- Cosmetic dentistry
- General dentistry
- Same-day crowns
- Periodontal treatment
- Sedation dentistry
- Teeth whitening
We know how important it is to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of. That’s why we offer emergency dental care including support when you have a tooth knocked out.
If your tooth is knocked out we want to see you as soon as possible. Rest assured that our team of experienced and compassionate dental associates will ensure you’re comfortable while we address the root of the cause. Give us a call at our Cedar Rapids location today.