Take These Steps Immediately If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

Take These Steps Immediately If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

Mouthguards can dramatically reduce your risk of knocking out a tooth during an athletic activity, but the reality is that sports aren’t the only cause of avulsed teeth. The most common source of avulsed teeth are bicycle accidents followed by falls, traffic accidents, and other accidents in which your mouth receives a direct impact from an object.

Dr. Tamesha Morris and her team at Momentum Dental in Bristow and Woodbridge, Virginia, know that knocked-out teeth are a common emergency dental care δΈ€ and one that needs immediate dental care.

Below, Dr. Morris shares the six steps you should take if your tooth is knocked out.

1. Rinse your mouth and check for other injuries

When your tooth is knocked out, chances are high that something (like a ball) hit your face. It’s normal to see a little blood when a tooth is dislodged. Gently, rinse your mouth with water and wipe any residual blood from your lips. Blot (rather than wipe) your lips in case you have any lacerations on your lips or cheeks. 

At this time, check for any other injuries you may have sustained. Other injuries (such as a concussion or severe bleeding) may warrant a trip to the emergency room.

2. Pick up your tooth

After a collision, your tooth may or may not be in your mouth. If your tooth was ejected from your mouth, pick up your tooth carefully. Always pick up a knocked-out tooth by the crown, and avoid touching the tooth roots. 

3. Rinse your tooth

Rinse your tooth with water. Avoid scrubbing your tooth and do not touch the roots. 

4. Keep the tooth moist

To give yourself the best chance of saving your tooth, you need to keep your tooth moist. Even though you just rinsed your tooth in water, you shouldn’t store it in water. Water seems like an easy solution, but the American Association of Endodontists share that a knocked-out tooth can’t tolerate water for too long because it limits your tooth’s ability to reattach. Instead, keep your tooth moist by:

If you don’t already have a tooth preservation kit in your first aid kit, now is a good time to prepare. Keeping a tooth preservation kit in your first aid kit ensures that you have the right tools on hand should you (or your child) sustain a tooth injury.

5. Seek immediate dental care

Ideally, you should receive dental care within 30 minutes of losing your tooth. During your appointment, you can expect:

A splint stabilizes your tooth and holds it securely in place while it heals.

6. Schedule a follow-up appointment

Your splint remains in your mouth for two to eight weeks. When you return for your follow-up appointment, Dr. Morris examines your tooth and monitors the healing progress. 

What if your tooth can’t be saved?

First aid can potentially save your tooth, but in some cases, avulsed teeth can’t be saved. You’re not destined to live with a gap in your teeth, though. Dr. Morris offers bridges and dental implants to restore the form and function of your smile.

If you or your child experience a knocked-out tooth, call our Bristow or Woodbridge, Virginia office today.  For non-urgent dental matters, you can use our online booking tool.

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