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If you have had an incident occur where impact had caused one of your teeth to come completely out of the socket, you will want to act quickly in having your mouth evaluated by a professional emergency dentist. This will increase the chances of being able to save the tooth and have it reattached into place. Here are some steps to follow after a tooth becomes knocked out to help save the tooth so it can be reset in the mouth.
Time is of great importance when handling a knocked out tooth, as root exposure can cause it to become dried out. This would make it impossible to reuse the tooth and require a need for a false one to be constructed for that spot of the mouth instead. Get to a hospital or emergency dentist in less than an hour from when the tooth was knocked out. This will increase your chances of being able to save the tooth.
Clean The Tooth
After the tooth comes out, grasp it by the crown portion and rinse under a faucet to remove any surface dirt from the tooth. This will help reduce the chance of bacteria getting into your mouth when you try to reinsert the tooth. Make sure to push the drain stop down so the impact of the water does not cause the tooth to fly down the drain when you rinse it.
After the dirt is cleaned off, you can try to place it back into the socket. Make sure to turn the tooth so it is facing the correct direction before pushing the root end into the empty socket. Use a piece of gauze to help keep the tooth in place by biting down upon it.
Transport The Tooth
If you cannot reattach the tooth, it will need to be transported safely to the emergency dentist in an attempt to reuse it. To help keep the root area from drying, submerge the tooth in a container filled with milk. Water is not recommended as a medium for storage, as minerals in the composition of the liquid can cause the roots to deteriorate.
If you do not have milk or a container readily available, place the tooth in the space between your bottom lip and fronts of your existing teeth. Your saliva is safer for transport than bringing the tooth in a dry state, as the moisture from your mouth can be enough to keep the roots intact if you arrive to the dentist promptly. Do not under any circumstance wrap a tooth in a paper towel, as the cellulose in paper products dries the exposed root area so it will not be able to be attached in the mouth.
Inform The Dentist
Call the dentist as soon as the incident occurs to let them know you are on the way to their practice or to a hospital. This way, they will be prepared for your arrival and will be able to take you in to be seen immediately. For more information, contact Milan Simanek DDS or a similar dental professional.