Have You Had your Tooth (or Teeth) Knocked Out?
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Knocked Out Tooth – What to do?
“A knocked out tooth is considered as a dental emergency as this dental problem needs to given immediate attention by a dentist so that the proper treatment can be done”.
Permanent teeth that get knocked out can pose serious problems to an individual, but with immediate and proper attention – the tooth can still be saved and re-attached successfully. Knocked out milk teeth in young children may not be considered as a dental emergency, since the teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent ones; permanent teeth that get knocked out, however, can still be saved and re-implanted.
A knocked out tooth, also referred to by dentists as an “avulsed” tooth, occurs when a tooth has been knocked out from its socket; this problem is usually accompanied by damage to the tooth’s blood vessels, supporting tissues, and nerves. The damage to the blood vessels and nerves cannot be repaired after the tooth has been knocked out, and a root canal treatment will be needed in order to save the tooth. The root of the tooth can then be re-attached to the bone as it is re-implanted back into place.
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How to Deal with a Knocked Out Tooth
- Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.
- Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
- If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.
- It is important to go to the dentist as quickly as possible after a tooth has been knocked out – this is because there is a greater chance of saving the tooth (and having it re-attached) successfully if the issue is treated in the soonest possible time.
- Avoid touching the root part of the knocked out tooth, as this part can very easily be damaged by improper handling. Treat and handle the knocked out tooth with utmost care.
- Make sure that the tooth stays clean on the way to the dentist; if the tooth is dirty, it can be cleaned using milk or water. The tooth should only be handled on the upper or crown portion and not on the root part while being cleaned. Avoid wiping the tooth with fabrics or any piece of cloth as this can very easily do more damage.
- Whenever possible, try placing the knocked out tooth back in its socket – just make sure that the tooth is positioned correctly. If you find it difficult to put the tooth back in its socket, do not force it – and just do your best to keep the knocked out tooth moist on the way to the dentist.
- On the way to the dentist, the tooth should be kept moist by placing it into a container with milk. If milk is not available, the tooth can also be placed carefully inside the mouth, between the gum and cheek areas; young children can also use their own saliva (placed in a clean container) to keep the knocked out tooth moist. A container with clean water can also be used to hold the tooth, and prevent it from drying out while in transit.