A tooth can come out for a number of reasons, majorly due to some injuries. It may include a blow to the mouth, or an accident involving the face. For example, this can happen during sports injury. It is possible to successfully replace the tooth in the socket if the right action is taken as soon as possible.
I’m bleeding — what can I do?
Don’t panic. Take a clean handkerchief and fold it up, then hold it over the tooth socket and bite it down. Keep your jaws together to apply pressure. If you need something for the pain, don’t take any medication without dentist prescription. Medicines containing aspirin can encourage further bleeding. Do not apply any kind of oil to the wound.
I’ve still got the complete tooth. Can it be replaced?
Maybe. The tooth needs to be replaced in the socket as soon as possible. Ideally, it can be replaced under 30 minutes. But teeth can be successfully replaced up to 60 minutes after being knocked out.
What should l do with the tooth?
Avoid handling the root of the tooth. If it is very dirty, you can clean it with milk and wipe it with a clean cloth. Avoid rinsing it with disinfectant or water or let it dry out.
What should I do if I can’t get the tooth back in?
Keeping the tooth in your cheek until you can get emergency dental treatment can increase the chance of survival of the tooth. It helps to keep the tooth in its most natural environment In some cases when it is not possible, keep it in some milk.
What if I have only got one part of the tooth?
It is not a good idea to put the tooth back into the socket if it is not complete. Contact your dentist as soon as possible and your dentist will tell you what options are available to restore the tooth. You may need dental x-rays to see if there is root damage.
Is, There anything l should do if I haven’t got the tooth?
If you cannot find the tooth after falling from the socket, u may have swallowed it. If you think have swallowed or inhaled it, you may need an x-ray to ensure this.
What if it is a baby tooth?
Reimplanting an avulsed baby tooth is not recommended usually. In case an infection damaged the adult tooth underneath discuss it with your dentist as soon as possible. They may need to examine the child to check if any fragments of the tooth are left in the gum. There is no treatment for temporarily replacing a baby tooth, so the best choice is to wait for the adult tooth to come through.
Where should I get emergency dental treatment?
It is important to get emergency dental treatment. You can contact your local dentist for advice. If you are unable to find an expert dentist nearby you can call on our helpline to book the appointment with a dentist.
What should happen at my emergency visit?
Your dentist will treat you for the immediate situation and also treat any facial injury. However, treatment may be limited if there is any bruising or bleeding. They may take x-rays to check if the tooth can be re-implanted successfully. You may need more
appointments for follow up treatment.
What further treatment options will be available to me?
If the tooth has re-implanted completely you may not need any further treatment, apart from regular checkups. If you find the tooth becoming loose, contact your dentist. In such a condition, it can be splinted to the teeth next to it. This means the loose tooth will be temporarily attached to keep it firm until your dentist can tell whether it has re-implanted successfully.
What can I do to avoid getting a tooth knocked out?
You could wear a mouthguard. It is a rubber-like cover that ﬁts over your teeth that protects you against a blow to the mouth. Your dentist can make for you by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to a laboratory.
Mouthguards can be clear or colored — for example in the colors of your team kit.